How we investigate thyroid disease – Rapid assessment and management

Thyroid pathology is common and includes solitary thyroid nodules, multinodulargoitres, thyrotoxicosis, thyroid cancer and thyroiditis.  Most patients attending head and neck and endocrine surgery clinics will present with solitary nodules. Patients may also present with multinodular or diffuse masses with or without compression symptoms. The clinician should aim their management strategyat determining the patient’s thyroid function status, and diagnosing thyroid pathology that may require treatment.

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