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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Yes, but often enlar: The autoimmune process in hashimoto's thyroiditis can cause shrinking, but often involves enlargement of the thyroid gland, especially in the early ph ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Endocrine Gland: It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90% T4 and 10 to 2 ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Glands grow: If not all of the thyroid was removed, the remnant will likely grow back, especially if the TSH was slightly high or normal (tsh is a stimulus to grow ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Yim
Dr. John Yim answered
28 years experience Surgical Oncology
Can mean many things: A lumpy thyroid gland may have a nodule or nodules that can either be benign or cancer. Frequently when you have multiple lumps in the thyroid it is ... Read More
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A 51-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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not exactly: The thymus starts out fairly large in childhood. As one ages it slowly shrinks, until it is almost completely gone by adulthood. Even without a thymus ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Dooley
34 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Both are stimulated by the anterior pituitary (tsh and acth), but don't necessarily affect each other;.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Yes: By definition, any enlargement of the thyroid gland is a goiter. So if the nodule is causing the thyroid to be enlarged, there is a goiter. The questi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shak ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No it can not: No it will not shrink the swollen thyroid nodule.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Yim
Dr. John Yim answered
28 years experience Surgical Oncology
Graves/Thyroiditis: Most commonly this is due to graves disease or thyroiditis. In both of these cases your immune system attacks your thyroid and tries to kill it, beca ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Your thyroid: Has enlarged without the formation of nodules or fluid-filled cysts. This can usually be halted with appropriate amounts of brand name T4 replacement ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Gupta
17 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: Some medications can do that but surgery is typically recommended first to take them out.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience Endocrinology
Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not s ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Possible: Auto immune etiology is the reason for thyroid disease in Hashimoto's .The same pathology -autoimmune if directed against the salivary glands Vs lymph ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
19 years experience Pathology
Yes: Thyroglobulin is produced by both types of cancers. We use thyroglobulin immunohistochemical stains to identify thyroid cancer cells that have spread ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Generally not: Rarely. Make sure you're receiving brand name T4 replacement, as generics are generally unreliable.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Thyroid nodules: A very small percentage of thyroid nodules can be cancer. That is why your doctor will examine them with ultrasound and perform needle aspiration bio ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Concern: Thyroid gland do not change in size that much. Majority of thyroid nodules are benign, increase in size is a concern , should have fna biopsy (cytol ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Azar
21 years experience Radiology
Heterogeneous : this suggest thyroiditis, which can be inflammation or infection. Thyroid blood test and signs and symptoms will determine that.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Multinodular goiter: Hi. Your hyper-functioning nodule is producing thyroid hormone without pituitary regulation. Since you have multiple nodules, chances are they're all ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Hormones: A tropic hormone is a hormone secreted by one gland and then stimulates another gland; for example, the pituitary makes TSH, which targets the thyroid ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rafael Lugo
27 years experience General Surgery
Very: They are very common.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Thyroid nodules: In some cases, taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy can shrink thyroid nodules. Sometimes, though, all we do with this treatment is keep the th ... Read More

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