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CAMPUSANO M, Claudia et al. Consensus report on the diagnosis and management of non palpable thyroid nodules. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2004, vol.132, n.10, pp.1249-1255. ISSN 0034-9887.

With the availability of new diagnostic techniques, numerous alterations are found, whose real importance for health is uncertain. The term «incidentalomas», is used for non apparent tumors found in diagnostic procedures. In Endocrinology, the incidental finding of thyroid nodules is common. The occurrence of those incidental nodules requires a review of the «classical» statements for the management of palpable nodules. The most important issue is to rule out the presence of cancer. The Chilean Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition appointed a group of experts to generate a consensus on the management of non palpable nodules. These experts reviewed international literature, and the local experience, analyzed the value of thyroid ultrasound examination and the efficiency of fine needle aspiration biopsy. This consensus is a clinical guide for the management of non palpable thyroid nodules, considering that a unique and optimal approach is still lacking (Rev Méd Chile 2004; 132: 1249-55)

Keywords : Thyroid neoplasms; Thyroid nodule; Ultrasonography.

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