CME 7 Session – EANM’13

Thyroid Diseases in Children

Educational objectives:
  1. To set actual state-of-the-art knowledge about use of radionuclide imaging in functional abnormalities of the Thyroid in paediatric age
  2. To define criteria for modern diagnostic and follow-up of children and adolescents affected by Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) in the era of hybrid imaging
  3. To analyse the potential side effects and future harm for children and adolescents due to radioiodine treatment
This session is aimed towards all physicians caring for children affected by congenital or acquired Thyroid diseases. Firstly, functional impairment will be discussed, with special focus on usefulness and the method of radionuclide imaging in congenital hypothyroidism. Thereafter, the session will discuss the management and treatment of thyroid carcinoma in children and adolescents, analysing the impact of the technical evolution represented by hybrid imaging and the use of positron emitters, finishing with a review of our knowledge about the lifelong effects of radionuclide therapy on these patients with a long life expectancy and the methods available to minimise them.

Key Words:
Children, Teenager, Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma, Hyperthyroidism, Radionuclide

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