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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1256189, 8 pages
Clinical Study

The Clinical and Pathological Presentation of Thyroid Nodules in Children and the Comparison with Adult Population: Experience of a Single Institution

1Thyroid Outpatient Department, Bugat Hospital, 6 Fenyves Street, Matrafured, Gyongyos 3232, Hungary
2Department of Pathology, Bugat Hospital, Dozsa Gyorgy Street, Gyongyos 3200, Hungary
3Department of Surgery, Bugat Hospital, Dozsa Gyorgy Street, Gyongyos 3200, Hungary
4Department of Surgery, Robert Karoly Hospital, Lehel Street 59, Budapest 1136, Hungary

Received 10 September 2015; Accepted 18 January 2016

Academic Editor: Constantinos Pantos

Copyright © 2016 Tamas Solymosi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The clinical and pathological presentation of thyroid nodules among younger and adult patients was compared in an iodine-deficient (ID) region. Data of 3,010 consecutive patients younger than 20 years and 3,010 patients older than 20 years were compared. The proportion of nodular goiters (22.8% versus 39.3%), the ratio of surgically treated nodules (33.2% versus 15.2%), and the proportion of malignant nodules (4.3% versus 2.1%) among diseased patients differed significantly between the two groups (younger versus adult). Nine papillary and 1 medullary carcinoma were found among children, while 15 papillary, 2 follicular, 1 insular, 1 anaplastic, and 1 medullary carcinomas occurred among adults. The ratio of follicular adenoma to hyperplastic nodules (3 : 1 to 1 : 1.67), the proportion of follicular variant (77.8% versus 26.7%), T4 tumors (77.8% versus 33.3%), and tumors with lymph node metastasis (88.9% versus 66.7%) were significantly higher among younger papillary carcinoma patients. No malignancies occurred among spongiform and central type cysts. Similarly to iodine-sufficient regions, more nodules are malignant and carcinomas have a clinically more aggressive presentation in children in comparison with adult patients in ID. Taking the significantly greater proportion of adenomas and the lack of follicular carcinoma into account, a conservative approach has to be considered in follicular tumors among children.