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Most thyroid nodules have favorable prognosis

from Internal Medicine News

During five years of follow-up, cancer arose in only 0.3 percent of thyroid nodules that were cytologically and sonographically benign at baseline, according to a large prospective study published online March 3 in JAMA. Furthermore, only two of the five nodules that became cancerous had grown beforehand, reported Cosimo Durante, M.D., of the Sapienza University of Rome and his associates. "These data suggest that the American Thyroid Association's recommendation for indication for repeat cytology should be revised. Clinical and sonographic findings should probably play larger roles in the decision-making process," the researchers said. more

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