A 47-year-old member asked:
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can follicular adenoma thyroid nodules be serious?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Yes.: A follicular adenoma may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, because cells from follicular adenomas and follicular carcinomas can look the same. Other follicular adenomas may have almost no chance of being cancers, but overproduce thyroid hormone, and need treatment to prevent harmful effects of hyperthyroidism on the bones, heart and other tissues.
Answered on Jul 14, 2017
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Dr. Eric Whitman
35 years experience Surgical Oncology
Usually not: Most follicular adenomas never require additional treatment. But some continue to grow and require surgical removal. Follicular thyroid carcinoma can also be "hiding" in an otherwise benign adenomatous nodule.
Answered on Jul 14, 2017

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