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Physicians’ Practices toward Thyroid Nodules: Experience of the City of Casablanca, Morocco

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1110143, PP. 1-10

Subject Areas: Oncology, Global Health, Public Health

Keywords: Physician’s Practice, Thyroid Nodule Management, Survey, Questionnaire

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Thyroid nodules (TN) are very frequent, with up to 8% of adults having palpable nodules and by using ultrasound we can detect up to 10 times more nodules (Yeung & Serpell, 2008) [1]. In the absence of any guidelines for thyroid nodule management in Morocco, our study aims to describe physicians’ practices in the Greater Casablanca Region regarding thyroid nodules. We conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study using a questionnaire issued to doctors who practice in the Greater Casablanca Region in both sectors public and private. Results show that half of the participants do a general exam for all patients and 72% of them include a routine palpation of thyroid. When they found a thyroid nodule, 97% and 99% demanded ultrasonography and TSH measure respectively. Furthermore, thirty percent refer patients for management regardless of the EU-TIRADS score. In brief, the management of thyroid nodules in Morocco needs a guideline based on the latest research advances and international guidelines, to improve diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules and avoid overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

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Tabiti, H. , Guensi, A. and Bendahhou, K. (2023). Physicians’ Practices toward Thyroid Nodules: Experience of the City of Casablanca, Morocco. Open Access Library Journal, 10, e143. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1110143.

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