Follicular neoplasms: The role for observation, fine needle aspiration biopsy, thyroid suppression, and surgery

J. D. St. Louis, G. S. Leight, Douglas Tyler

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The diagnosis and management of follicular carcinoma of the thyroid gland remains a controversial topic. Fine needle aspiration, although very sensitive with other types of thyroid cancer, has limited accuracy with follicular lesions. The role of suppression combined with observation has yet to gain widespread acceptance. The extent of surgical excision of follicular carcinoma also raises several competing views. The goal of this review is to address these issues and present an algorithm for the management of follicular neoplasms of the thyroid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Surgical Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Adenoma
  • Carcinoma
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Follicular adenocarcinoma
  • Frozen sections
  • Iodine radioisotopes
  • Levothyroxine
  • Needle biopsy
  • Neoplasm invasiveness
  • Thyroglobulin
  • Thyroid gland
  • Thyroid neoplasms
  • Thyroid nodule
  • Thyroidecto my
  • Thyrotropin
  • Triiodothyronine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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