In UF Health’s Pediatric Thyroid Program, we’re cognizant of the fact that thyroid nodules may be present in up to 2% of young children and up to 13% of older adolescents and young adults. Most of these are benign (noncancerous) lesions such as adenomas, inflammatory lesions and cysts. However, up to 25% of these nodules may be malignant (cancerous), which is a higher rate than those found in adults.
Therefore, it is imperative that you seek care for your child with a surgeon to address nodules found on an exam or ultrasound. At UF Health, we have highly trained thyroid specialists to provide all the care your child needs.
Knowing what to expect can ease your fears and worries. This begins with a visit to meet our program’s expert endocrinologists and pediatric surgeons, where a thorough history and physical exam are performed. The necessary labs and imaging will be obtained, and our fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric radiologists will review your child’s imaging, which are most commonly ultrasounds.
Once a nodule is identified, we will proceed with an outpatient, fine-needle biopsy procedure. This is performed under image guidance by our interventional radiologists and with the aid of anesthetics that may be performed by our pediatric anesthesiologists as needed. Once the biopsy sample is obtained, it will be reviewed by our pathologists and discussed amongst a multidisciplinary team to determine the best course of action to care for your child.
This careful process may simply lead to observation and monitoring, or it may reveal that surgery is required. Regardless of what you need, we will be with you every step of the way, guiding you through the process and putting your mind at rest. You can rest assured that your child can’t be in more capable hands when they’re being cared for by the specialists at UF Health.
Meet Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Moiz Mustafa
Moiz Mustafa, MD, is part of the UF Health pediatric surgery team, which includes the chief of pediatric surgery Saleem Islam, MD, MPH, as well as Janice Taylor, MD, MEd, Shawn Larson, MD, FACS, and Robin Petroze, MD, MPH. Dr. Mustafa is passionate about all areas of pediatric surgery, including neonatal surgery and minimally invasive pediatric surgery.