Incidental versus clinically evident thyroid cancer: A 5-year follow-up study

Michele N. Minuto, Mario Miccoli, David Viola, Clara Ugolini, Riccardo Giannini, Liborio Torregrossa, Lucia Antonangeli, Fabrizio Aghini-Lombardi, Rossella Elisei, Fulvio Basolo, Paolo Miccoli

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Background The incidence of differentiated thyroid cancer in patients undergoing surgery for presumed benign thyroid disease (incidental thyroid cancer) is not negligible. The purpose of this study was to verify if incidental thyroid cancers have a different clinical course than the clinically evident thyroid cancer. Methods A group of patients with incidental thyroid cancer (n = 95) has been compared to a control group with clinically evident thyroid cancer (n = 93). Both the histology and the outcome after a 5-year follow-up have been compared. Results At the univariate analysis, the groups demonstrated significant differences in many pathologic features, remnant ablation (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-412
Number of pages5
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • differentiated thyroid cancer
  • follow-up
  • incidental thyroid cancer
  • preoperative diagnosis
  • thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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