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A 51-year-old female asked:

What is rare histiocytes and follicular cells in thyroid nodule?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer: Follicular cells are normal component of thyroid. Histiocytes suggest a non-specific response some injury. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Incomplete informat: The presence of histiocytes (a type of inflammatory cell) & expected follicular cells in thyroid is not necessarily worrisome. But it depends on your symptoms, & what prompted the biopsy / FNA to begin with. Also, did you have a radioactive iodine exam? (Called "thyroid uptake & scan")? That tells you if the follicle is "functional" or not (making hormone). A hyperfunctional nodule is more worriso
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Provided original answer
If you've had pain at the thyroid site, then a Radioactive iodine uptake & scan is probably warranted. If the nodule takes up iodine, then potentially it can be ablated ("zapped") without surgery. Talk to an Endocrinologist to get this arranged.
Nov 10, 2016

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