What are the effects of routine thyroid gland palpation on serum thyroid hormone levels?
Explore this issue:July 2010
Background: The assessment of serum thyroid hormone levels in association with thyroid palpation is widely used for the diagnosis of thyroid gland pathologies, often with blood sampling for thyroid function taking place after physical examination. While previous studies have shown that external trauma might cause variations in serum thyroid hormone levels, the effect of thyroid palpation is unknown.
Study design: Prospective study.