Revised American Thyroid Association guidelines for the management of medullary thyroid carcinoma

Samuel A Wells, Sylvia L Asa, Henning Dralle, Rossella Elisei, Douglas B Evans, Robert F Gagel, Nancy Lee, Andreas Machens, Jeffrey F Moley, Furio Pacini, Friedhelm Raue, Karin Frank-Raue, Bruce Robinson, M Sara Rosenthal, Massimo Santoro, Martin Schlumberger, Manisha Shah, Steven G Waguespack
Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association 2015, 25 (6): 567-610

INTRODUCTION: The American Thyroid Association appointed a Task Force of experts to revise the original Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma: Management Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association.

METHODS: The Task Force identified relevant articles using a systematic PubMed search, supplemented with additional published materials, and then created evidence-based recommendations, which were set in categories using criteria adapted from the United States Preventive Services Task Force Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The original guidelines provided abundant source material and an excellent organizational structure that served as the basis for the current revised document.

RESULTS: The revised guidelines are focused primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and hereditary MTC.

CONCLUSIONS: The Task Force developed 67 evidence-based recommendations to assist clinicians in the care of patients with MTC. The Task Force considers the recommendations to represent current, rational, and optimal medical practice.

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