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What does it mean there is a probable cyst in the right love of the thyroid gland measuring 9 by 6 mm?

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Dr. Joseph Mathews
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Very common: Thyroid nodules are very common. About 70% of the population has a nodule (many don't know it). About 5% of nodules are cancerous, which is why we care. Unless there were concerning characteristics on the ultrasound like microcalcifications, taller than wide or increased blood flow or you have a family history or radiation exposure, typically we just follow-up with an annual ultrasound.
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Thyroid cyst: It means that the radiologist reading the ultrasound sees a nodule that is cystic not solid, containing fluid. The fact that it is probable means that it is not definite, likely because it is relatively small in size.

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