The Thyroid Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults with thyroid disease. Our comprehensive team of specialists are experienced in treating the complete range of childhood and adolescence thyroid conditions.
Our physicians treat pediatric hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, goiters, cancerous and non-cancerous thyroid tumors and rare thyroid conditions which can predispose children to developing thyroid tumors. National guidelines recommend that pediatric thyroid surgery should be performed in a hospital with the full spectrum of specialty care, such as Texas Children’s Hospital.
Although thyroid tumors are rare in children, they are being diagnosed with increasing frequency. About 2% of children develop solitary thyroid nodules – lumps which can grow on an otherwise normal thyroid gland. Most of these are benign, but a few are malignant and can develop into thyroid cancer.
The goals of the Thyroid Program are to:
- Provide best-in-class care for children and young adults with thyroid tumors (either thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer), in an optimal and consistent way based on the most current and reliable evidence.
- Track patient outcomes related to thyroid tumors to refine and improve management of patients with these diseases.
- Engage patients and families throughout the care management and longitudinal follow-up process to learn about their ongoing experience with these conditions.
A cornerstone of the program’s approach is to use evidence-based clinical guidelines, a team of specialists and state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment modalities. The team presents patient cases in regular multidisciplinary meetings to determine the best course of action for each patient, and then tracks the patient’s outcomes over time. Research shows, having your child receive surgical treatment at a high-volume pediatric thyroid center results in better outcomes.
Receiving care at a dedicated pediatric hospital allows our patients to have access to a comprehensive spectrum of pediatric specialists whenever needed.
The Thyroid Program at Texas Children’s Hospital is staffed by a dedicated team of pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric radiologists, interventional pediatric radiologists, pediatric pathologist, cytopathologists, pediatric oncologists, nurses and patient care coordinators.
Thyroid Tumor Program