The rate of tumour growth does not distinguish between malignant and benign thyroid nodules

Citation
K. Asanuma et al., The rate of tumour growth does not distinguish between malignant and benign thyroid nodules, EURO J SURG, 167(2), 2001, pp. 102-105
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Surgery
Journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY
ISSN journal
1102-4151 → ACNP
Volume
167
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
102 - 105
Database
ISI
SICI code
1102-4151(200102)167:2<102:TROTGD>2.0.ZU;2-Q
Abstract
Objective: To clarify whether or not the rate of tumour growth is a useful measure for distinguishing papillary thyroid cancer from benign nodules. Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Teaching hospital, Japan. Subjects: Fourteen patients with 27 nodules (<20 mm) followed up for 20 mon ths or more. Interventions: High resolution ultrasonography (US). Main outcome measure: Growth rate. Results: There were 15 papillary thyroid cancers and 12 benign nodules. The median tumour diameters at the first and the Last US examination were 9.0 mm (range 6-19) and 9.0 mm (range 5-21) in papillary thyroid cancers follow ed up for 37 months (range 21-85), and 11.5 mm (range 4-19) and 11.5 mm (ra nge 5-23) in benign nodules followed up for 38 :months (range 20-84), respe ctively. Conclusion: The rate of growth of thyroid nodules as documented by ultrasou nd did not prove to be useful in distinguishing between malignancy and beni gn disease of small thyroid nodules (<20 mm).