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Thyroid microcarcinoma in pediatric patients: how aggressive do we need to be?


In adults, papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC: tumors ≤1 cm) is now the most common form of thyroid carcinoma [1–4]. In children, TMC is an entity not often discussed since young patients are known to present with more extensive disease and are more often the focus of discussion [5,6]. The good news is that the incidence of PTMC in children is decreasing [7]. Nevertheless, given the potential morbidity from thyroid surgery, the potential need for thyroid suppression during important times of growth and development, and long-term quality of life, the management of PTMCs in children needs to be addressed.

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