The Thyroid Nodule and Carcinoma Clinic at Children’s Mercy is the only pediatric clinic of its kind in the region. Our team provides care for all thyroid nodules and goiters that are not clearly autoimmune thyroid disease.
All patients who are referred will have a thyroid ultrasound performed at Children's Mercy. The specialists in the clinic conduct a comprehensive evaluation and physical exam. The initial evaluation determines the need for a fine needle aspiration (FNA), that determines the need for additional treatment, which may include surgical evaluation and staging, radioactive iodine ablation, and long-term follow up.
The hospital is one of only a handful in the country to offer a thyroid nodule clinic that brings together experts in endocrinology, radiology, pathology and surgery for the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of thyroid nodules and differentiated carcinoma in pediatric patients.
About Thyroid Nodules
Patients who develop thyroid nodules typically do not experience symptoms. The nodules are often detected during routine physical exams. However, that does not exclude the possibility of malignancy, which is greater in children than adults.