Information for Referring Physicians | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatric Thyroid Center

Information for Referring Physicians

Thank you for considering a referral to the Pediatric Thyroid Center at CHOP. Here are a few helpful tips to consider prior to referring your patient.

Thyroid nodule or cyst

When referring a patient for a thyroid nodule or cyst, please make sure the patient has a thyroid ultrasound (US) completed prior to the visit. If a thyroid nodule or cyst is noted on another imaging study (e.g. MRI or CT), please order an ultrasound and/or contact us for further guidance. We can advise if the US should be performed locally or if the existing images will give us enough initial information. We can also make an appointment and arrange to have the US performed at CHOP on the day of the patient’s initial visit. This will help us to better evaluate the nodule and/or cyst.

Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism

When referring a patient with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, patients should have a thyroid-stimulating hormone level (TSH) and thyroxine level (free T4 or total T4) taken prior to their first visit.

In addition, for patients with hyperthyroidism please include a T3 level and a thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) level. If the thyroid function tests (TFTs) are abnormal, consider ordering a TgAb and TPOAb.

In general, patients with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism will be evaluated in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes. On request, the Thyroid Center team is available for more complicated cases in an effort to provide the appropriate level of care.

If you are referring a patient for consideration of definitive therapy, either radioactive iodine ablation or thyroidectomy, please request a direct appointment with the Pediatric Thyroid Center team.

Contact us

Feel free to contact the Pediatric Thyroid Center at any point in the referral process with questions. Please call 215-590-3174 and ask for LaKenya Linton, RN, Thyroid Nurse Coordinator, or Megan Lessig, CRNP, Thyroid Center Nurse Practitioner.

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