We report three cases of autonomously functioning thyroid nodules (AFTNs) that appeared hypofunctioning at radioactive iodine (131I) thyroid scan carried out at initial observation. Since at that time thyroid hormones and thyrotropin (TSH) were also normal, they were initially classified as "cold" nodules and treated with levothyroxine (LT4). The correct diagnosis of AFTN was made years later when a thyroid scintigraphy was repeated. In two of these patients, re-evaluation of the nodule was done because of the development of LT4 intolerance. A possible explanation is that these AFTNs had undergone hemorrhagic/cystic degeneration when they were first studied, but in subsequent years, proliferation of residual AFTN tissue caused the recurrence of a typical functioning nodule.
|Titolo:||TRANSITION FROM COLD TO HOT THYROID NODULES|
BELFIORE, Antonino (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|