At present no European recommendations for the management of pediatric thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) exist. Differences in clinical, molecular, and pathological characteristics between pediatric and adult DTC emphasize the need for specific recommendations for the pediatric population. An expert panel was instituted by the executive committee of the European Thyroid Association (ETA) including an international community of experts from a variety of disciplines including pediatric and adult endocrinology, pathology, endocrine surgery, nuclear medicine, clinical genetics, and oncology. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) pediatric guideline 2015 was used as framework for the present guideline. Areas of discordance were identified, clinical questions were formulated and literature searches were performed. The expert panel members discussed the evidence and formulated recommendations based upon the latest evidence and expert opinion. Children with a thyroid nodule or DTC require expert care in an experienced center. The present guideline provides guidance for healthcare professionals to make well-considered decisions together with patients and parents regarding diagnostics, treatment and follow-up of pediatric thyroid nodules and DTC.
15 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022