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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56-61

“Telethyroidology”: Managing thyroid disorders through telemedicine


1 Department of Endocrinology, Zydus Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Apollo and Fortis Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Saifee Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Endocrinology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_20_20

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The recent coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has brought telemedicine to the forefront in India. Also guidelines by the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India have paved the way for the practical application of telemedicine. Thyroid disorders in endocrinology are best suited for the use of telemedicine, for which we have coined the term “telethyroidology.” In this review, we discuss the application of telemedicine to specific thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism (subclinical and overt), thyrotoxicosis, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer as well as pregnancy-associated thyroid diseases. “Telethyroidology” covers the entire spectrum of the utility of telemedicine diagnosis, multidisciplinary approach with the involvement of teleradiology and telecytopathology, forward triage of patients needing in-person consults, postthyroidectomy care as well as long-term monitoring. Adoption of telethyroidology can reduce the burden of in-person consultation for endocrinologists at the same time ensuring that their expertise is available to all – ultimately improving diagnosis, treatment, and compliance in thyroid disorders.


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