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can synthroid shrink thyroid nodules

A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Koganski
34 years experience Internal Medicine
NO: Thyroid supplementation occasionally can help to shrink a nodule, and has been used to suppress the growth.
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
8 years experience Pediatrics
Thyroid modules: No - generally not. In fact synthroid (thyroxine) is sometimes given in hopes of reducing nodule size.
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: Synthroid (thyroxine) does not cause thyroid nodules to grow. If you think your nodules/masses are growing, see your doctor for a repeat ultrasound t ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience Endocrinology
Not always: There is a slight increased risk of thyroid cancer in people with hashimoto's thyroiditis, the most common cause of hypothyroidism. If the nodule(s) h ... Read More
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Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: Synthroid (thyroxine) treatment for thyroid nodules, regardless of length of treatment, does not affect the risk of thyroid cancer. The decision to bi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Depends: If autoimmune thyroiditis is the reason you are hypothyroid, then there is about a 3 fold increase in risk for developing thyroid cancer over those wh ... Read More
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
8 years experience Pediatrics
Nodules: No correlation with synthroid (thyroxine) use. Nodule changing to malignancy correlates with age of patient and size of nodule. Older patient more lik ... Read More
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No effect: The act of taking synthroid (thyroxine) has nothing to do with the potential for thyroid nodules to be cancerous. Radiation exposure, smoking, family ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
I wouldn't: The longer there is cancer, the longer it can work its way out of the thyroid capsule, grow, and spread via the lymph nodes. As this occurs, the progn ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Evolving knowledge: In the past it is not uncommon for people with thyroid nodules to be started on levothyroxine supplementation. The logic was high dose thyroxine would ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
21 years experience Radiology
Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
They can.: Nodules caused by inflammation (thyroiditis) can shrink, or even disappear entirely, when the inflammation resolves. Cystic nodules (fluid filled are ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No medication: Other than radio-iodine treatment, there is no medication to reduce the size of thyroid nodules.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Schmidt
34 years experience Radiology
Yes they can.: Thyroid nodules often contain liquid colloid, which may get reabsorbed.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Virginia Klaas
31 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes: Yes, it can shrink. Most solid nodules are adenomas and are benign. If it shrinks that is a good sign...It is .Likely benign. It is the ones that get ... Read More
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