A 58-year-old female asked:
i have a 2 cm thyroid nodule. my doctor is willing to remove it without a gna what're the risks and complications of taking out part of my th?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Some: But not many. You will do just fine if they remove a small amount of tissue. If they have to remove all of it, you may need thryroid replacement but that is a simple thing for your doctor to follow and prescribe.
A Verified Doctor answered
Why remove?: Surgery has a long list of potential complications particularly around the thyroid. Most nodules are harmless, but fna is necessary to help determine that. Having a 2cm thyroid nodule is not reason enough for surgery unless it looks suspicious for some reason. Please see an endocrinologist. Most 2 cm nodules can just be followed over time provided they aren't suspicious.
New York, NY
A 53-year-old male asked:
Thyroid nodule 33.7x24x24 isoechoic and well defined, solid with significant nodule vascularity. Affirma test says benign. Should i remove to be sure?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Hmm.: The newer affirma test should bring your risk of thyroid cancer down to 5%, but this is a larger nodule with vascularity and it isn't unreasonable to get it out. It would be definitive for diagnosis, especially if you don't want to follow it long term. Totally up to you and your c.
Last updated Dec 3, 2018
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