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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Thyroid Nodules

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What are the different treatments for thyroid nodules?

What are the different treatments for thyroid nodules?

Most Are Benign: Doctors' dont "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems. Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for ca they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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What treatment for a complex thyroid nodule?

What treatment for a complex thyroid nodule?

Nodule: If you have a complex thyroid nodule that meets certain criteria a thyroid nodule biopsy under ultrasound could be preformed. It is a simple procedure done with local anesthetic. Most thyroid modules are overwhelmingly benign. If positive additional studies and likely removal of that lone of the thyroid. ...Read more

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What are typical treatments for a thyroid nodule?

What are typical treatments for a thyroid nodule?

Options: Depends on the size of the nodule, you can either do an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out cancer or follow it with yearly ultrasound to make sure that it's not growing or do the biopsy if it grows. If it's causing swallowing/breathing problem or if it's producing extra hormone, surgical removal is also an option. If biopsy showed cancer, you will need surgery. ...Read more

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Which treatment do they do for a complex thyroid nodule?

It depends: An endocrinologist can help sort this out. Often they will do an ultrasound examination and a needle biopsy to find out if it is benign or cancerous. Once this is sorted out then the treatment is dependent on the cause...It may need to be removed surgically if they suspect the nodule to be cancerous. ...Read more

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What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

Your Dr is the guide: You need to tell us more...Why did you go to your doctor to start with? What has he/she advised you to do?. The cause of pain is unknown. It can be bleeding into a cyst. Cancer cannot be excluded unless you get this thyroid nodule removed surgically. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a well defined heterogenous psychoechoic slightly solid thyroid nodule?

Monitor: Depends on the size of the nodule, you might need a biopsy to make sure it is benign. At the very least, you need to follow the nodule with another ultrasound in a year to make sure it is not growing or significantly changing. The only curative treatment is surgery which is the decision between you and your physician. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid nodule but the ultra sound said it was small and no need for further treatment. Why do I still feel like I am chocking?

Must b another cause: Choking sensation in the throat can be due to something other than an abnormality in the thyroid. Because the anatomy in that area includes the vocal cords, the trachea, esophagus, epiglottis; abnormalities in any of these other areas may cause a choking sensation. See doc. Common cause is swelling of the larynx or vocal cord from acid reflux which is treated with a trial of an acid reducer med. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules and had i131 treatment 3 years ago. my thyroid tests always come back normal. Is seeking a second opinion reasonable?

If you want ,yes: Now it is Important is what is in that nodule , is it a benign nodule or it has malignant component in it . Thyroid function could be normal but usually need supplement after I 131 treatment . Speak to your doctor first for more information and for possible FNA ( Fine needle aspiration biopsy ) ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience w/ treatment of thyroid nodules?

Does anyone have any experience w/ treatment of thyroid nodules?

Many factors: Thyroid nodules are usually evaluated with ultrasounds and blood tests. Biopsies may also be done. Ultimately the treatment for a thyroid nodule depends on many factors, inlcuding a complete physical examination, that are best assessed by your physician. ...Read more

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Whats the treatment for follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

Watch them: Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation. They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for thyroid nodules, associated with Hashimoto's, to completely disappear without any treatment?

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which your bodies immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid usually shrinks over time in this disease. I would be surprised if thyroid nodules also disappear with this disease. If they grow they should be evaluated at some point. ...Read more

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I'm confused aftr readng!.Have thyroid nodules.Ws on synthroid (thyroxine).10 yrs later, diff.Dr took off syn. Ok for no treatment w/nodules dr.Rarely ultrasnds?

I'm confused aftr readng!.Have thyroid nodules.Ws on synthroid (thyroxine).10 yrs later, diff.Dr took off syn. Ok for no treatment w/nodules dr.Rarely ultrasnds?

Evolving knowledge: In the past it is not uncommon for people with thyroid nodules to be started on levothyroxine supplementation. The logic was high dose thyroxine would keep the nodule from growing. Studies have failed to prove this and most endocrinologists gave up the practice of prescribing levothyroxine suppression for thyroid nodules. Most thyroid nodules are benign(>95%) , long history is reassuring in ur cas. ...Read more

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Alternatives to surgery for solid thyroid nodule?

Depends: It would depend on the nature of the nodule. You may opt for a fine needle aspiration for initial diagnostic work up. If it is benign there may be no need for surgery. Do discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?

It should be Ok: Most thyroid nodules are either benign or very slow growing. So a recheck in 6 months to 12 months later is quite reasonable. ...Read more

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7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

It's OK: Thyroid nodules are very very common and a 1 year follow up for a 7mm nodule is fine. I would not worry at all if i were you. Sounds like your doctor is doing the right thing. ...Read more

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Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Not necessarily: A 7 mm thyroid nodule is considered well under the 1 cm size at which we start to be more concerned. The endocrinologist didn't even see one when you followed up. I would not recommend any planned follow up with imaging. Other favors are important like your family history of thyroid problems, exposure to ionizing radiation, thyroid function tests, & thyroid antibodies. Ask endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later.Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later.Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Thyroid nodule: Thyroid cysts can certainly come/go. The quality of ultrasounds, the interpretation, and the definition of a "nodule" can vary. Hashimoto's can cause a patchy pattern that can look like a nodule. Certainly a small nodule that is so transient is not something to worry about. An endocrinologist should be able to interpret things. ...Read more

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I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

Hot or cold: Thyroid nuclear scan usually with iodine 123 will show whether nodule is active (hot, increased uptake, or nonactive (cold, decreased uptake).More cold nodules are cancer.For patients presenting with thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm. In diameter (up to 20% will be malignant). They should be carefully evaluated, and managed. If greater than 1 cm. Should be closely followed or biopsied. ...Read more

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U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

Thyroid nodules are: Common. Many people get thyroid nodules and people tend to get more as they get older. The majority (90-95%) are not cancer. Addison's is a problem with adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol levels and unrelated to thyroid nodules. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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