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A 27-year-old female asked:

Is it true that the majority of thyroid nodules are hypoechoic and although thyroid cancer is usually hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are benign?

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Dr. Diane Brzezinski
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Thyroid nodules: Yes, that is true. Sometimes a nuclear thyroid scan is helpful to determine hot (benign) nodules vs cold (sometimes malignant) nodules. I'm sure you can request that test for clarity.
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Dr. Liuska Pesce
24 years experience
Size?: It is correct that in younger people thyroid nodules are benign, however, us is not very good at ruling out malignancy. Close follow up of the nodule is needed with us every 6 months. If the nodule is larger than 1 cm, fine needle aspiration biopsy needs to be considered.
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Last updated Jun 18, 2019

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