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Thyroid Thyroid Physical Exam!

Hi every one,

I have a question, I'm watching CES videos for step 2 CS, I have noticed that, in the palpation of the thyroid gland they do that while the examiner standing in front of the patient & asking the patient to swallow while palpating the thyroid, not form behind. Is this ok?

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The thyroid can be palpated from either the front or the back it is a personal preference.
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Thanks, I was under impression it should be examined from behind.
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It should be examined from behind if properly performed, same as with cervical lymph nodes. The issue as always however is time. Also some setups make it difficult to do this i.e. patient in chair is the correct position with you behind. However, as patient is normally on couch, leaning over from behind is neither practical nor good for your back so in that situation, have to go from the front! Hope that helps but don't fret its not a big deal!
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