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Findings from a public thyroid screening protocol: ultrasound and disease characteristics.
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PMID:  18971599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: A public thyroid screening protocol incorporating ultrasonography was developed and implemented as a feature of the National Thyroid Cancer Awareness month. Findings and lessons learned are described. METHODS: Prospective analysis of participants in a 1-day thyroid screening protocol and review of findings and referrals generated during the screening process. RESULTS: A total of 39 patients participated in the thyroid-screening protocol. Thirty-two (82%) patients were female and 7 (18%) were male, with an overall mean age of 52.9 +/- 14.1 years (range: 20-79). Seventeen (44%) patients indicated a known history of thyroid pathology, and 5 (13%) patients reported a family history of thyroid disease. The most common complaints offered on a patient intake survey were weight gain (38%) and dysphagia (36%). Thirty patients (77%) underwent thyroid ultrasound (US). The majority of patients (69%) had an abnormal US; the most common abnormality found was multinodular goiter (21%). Eighteen participants were referred to endocrinology for further evaluation, 13 have been evaluated and 3 patients have had fine-needle aspirations performed. Two patients have undergone thyroid surgery. The majority of patients (67%) believed that the thyroid-screening increased their awareness and knowledge of thyroid and head and neck cancer. CONCLUSIONS: A public thyroid screening activity proved to be a valuable mechanism for the dual purpose of identifying individuals with thyroid pathology needing further evaluation, and increased public awareness and knowledge of thyroid and head and neck cancer. Additional value related to the provision of a community service and opportunity to increase experience with ultrasonography.
David J Terris; Susan K Anderson; Melanie W Seybt; Christine G Gourin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  ORL; journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1423-0275     ISO Abbreviation:  ORL J. Otorhinolaryngol. Relat. Spec.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-30     Completed Date:  2009-02-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0334721     Medline TA:  ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  335-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912-4060, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion
Mass Screening*
Middle Aged
Program Evaluation
Referral and Consultation
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Thyroid Diseases / etiology,  pathology,  ultrasonography*
Young Adult

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