Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Thyroid

Thyroid Cancer

The AAFP recommends against the use of ultrasound screening for thyroid cancer in asymptomatic persons. (1996)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsthca.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Thyroid Disease, Adults

The AAFP concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening for thyroid disease in adults. (2004)

(Grade: I recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsthca.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Thyroid Function Abnormalities, Newborns

The AAFP recommends screening for congenital hypothyroidism (CH) in newborns. (2008)

(Grade: A recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspscghy.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)


These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.