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A 40-year-old member asked:

Should i remove 5cm thyroid mass?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Get thyroid checked: Your question does not provide enough information. You need to see an endocrinologist who does thyroid ultrasound and needle biopsy. A solitary "cold" nodule of 5 cm may be worrisome, but a cyst would be less so, same with a "hot nodule". The whole thyroid needs to be assessed.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it unusual to remove only the 2cm thyroid mass and not the lobe it is on?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Minimally invasive: After ultrasound, biopsy, and scan, if there is still some suspicion that the nodule could be a cancer, it would have to come out. In the or, the surgeon may remove the nodule, wait for a reading from the pathologist , and if benign, do as little as possible to the rest of the thyroid. If the nodule occupied the whole lobe, or was hard to separate, the surgeon may remove the whole lobe.

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