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Patient Checklist for Thyroid Nodules

Laboratory tests to include:

  • TSH, freeT4, and freeT3
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D level

Thyroid ultrasound study not the same as Radiology report the actual images are to be reviewed by Dr. Harding

Thyroid FNA biopsy results (if applicable)

Other tests that are very helpful include, CT scan or MRI of neck (if performed earlier)

Relatively helpful tests include studies for anti-thyroid antibodies to include:

  • Microsomal antiTPO antibody level
  • Anti thyroglobulin level

Without the first set of laboratory tests it will be difficult for Dr. Harding to complete his evaluation. A return office visit will be necessary to go over these results and their relevance to your condition. Those patients who require intervention such as an in office ultrasound guided FNA should have a TSH which is close to normal before proceeding. A very low Vitamin D level should be treated and may result in postponement of surgery to prevent complications.

For patients who have undergone any prior neck surgery, the reports of their operation and any available pathology will be essential.