Objective: We raised the question of a possible relationship in Belgium between the occurrence
of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and age of children (<15 years) at the time of the
Chernobyl nuclear plant accident in April 1986.
Setting: Referral university centre for endocrine surgery.
Material and methods: Thirty-year prospective study of the experience of a surgical team
with PTC since the Chernobyl accident, taken out of 2349 patients operated on for any thyroid
lesions from April 1986 to Apri