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Ultrasonographic Mass Screening for Thyroid Carcinoma: A Study in Women Scheduled to Undergo a Breast Examination

Title
 Ultrasonographic Mass Screening for Thyroid Carcinoma: A Study in Women Scheduled to Undergo a Breast Examination 
Authors
 W. Y. Chung ; H. S. Chang ; C. S. Park ; E. K. Kim 
Issue Date
2001
Journal Title
 Surgery Today 
ISSN
 0941-1291 
Citation
 Surgery Today, Vol.31(9) : 763~767, 2001 
Abstract
This study was carried out to clarify the sensitivity of ultrasonographic mass screening for thyroid carcinoma. Between December 1997 and July 1998, a total of 1 401 subjects who were scheduled to undergo either a breast examination or a follow-up examination for breast cancer were enrolled in this study. Patients with thyroid nodules were classified into two groups according to their potential risk for malignancy based on the ultrasonographic findings. Ultrasonographic high-risk patients for thyroid cancer underwent an ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) and were advised to undergo a thyroidectomy based on the FNAB results. The characteristics of the thyroid cancer patients detected by mass screening were then compared with those of 106 consecutive female patients with clinical thyroid cancer during the same period. Thyroid nodules were detected in 353 (25.2%) of the subjects, 94 (26.6%) of whom were placed in the high-risk group for thyroid cancer. Among the 94 high-risk patients, 43 underwent a thyroidectomy and 37 turned out to have thyroid carcinomas. The detection rate for thyroid cancer was 2.6% for all subjects. The tumor size was significantly smaller than that of the clinically detected cancer group (P < 0.05). Ultrasonographic mass screening for thyroid carcinoma in women who require breast examinations is thus considered to be effective for the detection of subclinical thyroid carcinoma.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/142472
DOI
10.1007/s005950170044
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