Within- And Between-Examiner Repeatabilities for Two Thyroid Palpation Techniques in Cats

Paepe D., Smets P., Van Hoek I., et al.

Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2006. 20(6): p.1522.

Hyperthyroidism frequently affects older cats. Early diagnosis and treatment prevents development of deleterious complications. Thyroid gland palpation is an important aid for diagnosing feline hyperthyroidism in an early stage. Aims of this study were first to define the repeatability within and between examiners for thyroid palpation by two palpation techniques, secondly to correlate the results of these two palpation techniques with ultrasonographic thyroid length measurements and finally to compare palpation scores before and after shaving.