2011, Number 2
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ABSTRACTBackground: the prevalence of thyroid incidentaloma is variable and always created the dilema of how to manage them. The objective was to determine the frequency of thyroid incidentalomas in a University Hospital.
Methods: a descriptive, transversal, prospective study was done; a non-probabilistic sample was used with patients who met the following criteria: ›18 years, indiscriminate sex, and an image that included neck: ultrasound, computed tomography and / or magnetic resonance. Patients with known or suspected thyroid nodule or any other thyroid disease and pregnant women were excluded. Descriptive statistics was used.
Results: 153 patients who had the criterion; 11 patients had an Incidentaloma (7.18 %). Female were more frequently with seven cases (63.6 %), the mean age was 56.9 years. Morphologically only a single thyroid nodule was detected. The nodules were smaller than 1.5 cm.
Conclusions: the prevalence documented in our study is smaller than other reports, it is proposed monitoring patients with thyroid incidentalomas according to current consensus guidelines.
American Thyroid Association (ATA) Guidelines Taskforce on Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer; Cooper DS, Doherty GM, Haugen BR, Kloos RT, Lee SL, et al. Revised American Thyroid Association management guidelines for patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer. Thyroid 2009; 19(11):1167-1214.