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Comment & Response
January 2016

Caution Against Overinvestigation of Small Thyroid Nodules—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2Department of Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(1):103. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.2908

In Reply We would like to thank the radiologists who wrote a letter in response to our recently published article.1 Their primary concern was that our finding of smaller thyroid nodules (TNs) having a relatively increased likelihood of malignancy regardless of Bethesda classification could be misconstrued by readers and, in so doing, perpetuate the overinvestigation of TN. This concern is indeed valid, as this is a true phenomenon within our field.2