A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients. This publication is a collection of summaries of the top articles from the recent medical literature that cover the broad spectrum of thyroid disorders. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in the previous month’s issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. This means that you, the patients, are getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians. The Calendar of Events highlights educational forums and support groups that are organized around the country by members of the Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, the Graves’ Disease Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association.


  • Do FDG-PET scans have a role in patients with thyroid nodules that have an indeterminate biopsy result?
  • How accurate are tests for thyroglobulin antibodies?
  • How accurate are thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsies?
  • Do intraveneous bisphosphonates have a role in treating patients with thyroid cancer?
  • Does the placenta have a role in making sure developing babies have adequate iodine during pregnancy?
  • How common is cancer in nodules in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?
  • Do soy phytoestrogens affect thyroid function in patients with mild hypothyroidism?
  • What is the best way to manage hypothyroidism in patients with pituitary tumors?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you want to see in this publication. I hope you find these summaries interesting and informative.


— Alan P. Farwell, MD