Study finds that paratracheal lymph nodes may help in determining thyroiditis

At the 14th International Thyroid Congress, scientists from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital in Turkey displayed their research on paratracheal lymph nodes and their value in sonograph findings of thyroiditis, which is an inflammation of the thyroid gland.

Doctor's Guide reports that the study involved 226 patients with newly diagnosed thyroiditis and 32 healthy subjects. Of the patients, 169 were diagnosed as having Hashimoto's thyroiditis, 46 had Graves' disease and 11 had subacute thyroiditis.

Paratracheal lymph nodes were determined in 73 percent of patients with thyroiditis. This included 75 percent of patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, 65 percent with Graves' disease and 73 percent with subacute thyroiditis, compared with only in 25 percent of the control group.

"Paratracheal lymph nodes are often present in patients with thyroiditis and our study demonstrates that they are a valuable sonographic finding to help distinguish thyroiditis from healthy subjects," the authors wrote.

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