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What is a trachea evaluation for thyroid cancer?

A trachea evaluation for thyroid cancer is testing done to determine if thyroid cancer has invaded the trachea (windpipe). A computed axial tomography (CAT) scan is the best modality to evaluate the trachea for thyroid cancer.

A trachea evaluation may include a CAT scan or bronchoscopy (small tube with a camera on the end) and may be done if a large thyroid is pushing on the trachea (windpipe). A large mass may cause a deviation or a narrowing of the trachea. In cases of advanced cancer, the tumor may invade (grow) into the trachea. 

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