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What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found, thyroid labs are done and ultrasound is used to evaluate. Those over 1 cm often get biopsied with fine needle aspiration biopsy. Luckily, about 95% of nodules are benign. ...Read more

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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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodules go down jn size?

Yes: Thyroid nodules can either increase in size, decrease in size or stay the same size over time. A thyroid nodule that decreases in size is likely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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4cm thyroid nodule significantly decreasing in size within a week (now barely noticeable). What can cause this?

Bled into adenoma: That's my bet anyway. This is fairly common. Your physician may offer you imaging. This kind of neck lesion may be annoying enough to warrant removal. ...Read more

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Can a solid thyroid nodule shrink in size on its own?

Yes: Yes, it can shrink. Most solid nodules are adenomas and are benign. If it shrinks that is a good sign...It is. Likely benign.
It is the ones that get larger or are large when they are first found that need closer assessment. In this case a biopsy may be needed to assess more closely.
Btw thyroid nodules are pretty common. ...Read more

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Should a 3.2 CM thyroid nodule with an inconclusive biopsy be removed simply because of size?

Should a 3.2 CM thyroid nodule with an inconclusive biopsy be removed simply because of size?

Maybe: Most "inconclusive" thyroid biopsies are fine needle biopsies (fnas). "inconclusive" ones are usually benign but occasionally are not, and this can only be established with a proper surgical excision and full pathology examination. This is the reason to remove a nodule...Not its size. ...Read more

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I have several heterogeneous thyroid nodules and cysts with 7mm biggest in size. What does this indicate?

I have several heterogeneous thyroid nodules and cysts with 7mm biggest in size. What does this indicate?

Common. Don't worry: Many people have nodules as they get older. Don't worry about them if they are less than 1cm in size. When and if they get bigger, then we biopsy the solid ones and aspirate the fluid with a needle. ...Read more

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Wouldn't a 1.1x1c.M. Solid thyroid nodule already be growing? It couldn't have started at that size could it?

Wouldn't a 1.1x1c.M. Solid thyroid nodule already be growing? It couldn't have started at that size could it?

Thyroid nodule: Of course the nodule starts from small abnormal cells to large mass. Thyroid nodule is either not noticed or checked by patient. It can be incidental finding on us or ct for neck for other reasons. Important thing is to take care of it. See endocrinologist. Pls read http:// doctorrajput. Com thanks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between thyroid nodules (thyroid normal size with several nodules on left an right side) and goiter?

What is the difference between thyroid nodules (thyroid normal size with several nodules on left an right side) and goiter?

Thyroid: Thyroid nodules are projections from the gland can be 'hot' or 'cold' meaning they may or may not function and produce hormone. These need follow up. Goiter is when the gland is enlarged and this can occur from iodine deficiency and other entities. ...Read more

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Do growing thyroid nodules equal cancer? I have 2 that have increased in size. The largest measured 1.9x1.7cm in oct. Now 2.6x2.7cm. Worried...

Do growing thyroid nodules equal cancer? I have 2 that have increased in size. The largest measured 1.9x1.7cm in oct. Now 2.6x2.7cm. Worried...

No: If the nodule changes in size, then you should see your doctor and obtain a fine needle aspiration for a diagnosis of the nodules. The change in size, in of itself, does not mean it's malignant. ...Read more

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Decrease in thyroid gland size and increase in thyroid nodule size?

Decrease in thyroid gland size and increase in thyroid nodule size?

Concern: Thyroid gland do not change in size that much. Majority of thyroid nodules are benign, increase in size is a concern, should have fna biopsy (cytology) to make sure there is no malignancy in it. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules 3.6 left 3.4 right Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Thyroid Nodules 3.6 left 3.4 right Is a needle biopsy practical at this size? Should we just schedule removal of the thyroid.

Big nodules: Hi. Those are big nodules. They should only have FNAB done if you plan to NOT remove them if they're benign. If they're bugging you and you want them out even if they're benign, then you can skip FNAB. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules that have grown in number and size and now I am having neck pain. The nodules are less than 1 cm. I am very irritable also.?

I have thyroid nodules that have grown in number and size and now I am having neck pain. The nodules are less than 1 cm. I am very irritable also.?

The neck pain may: Be a result of these nodules or even secondary to metabolic issues related to these nodules. The pain may also be independent of the thyroid issue as well but this should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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What does a thyroid nodule feel like? I have a soft movable pea size lump on my thyroid prominence. I was wondering if this could be a thyroid nodule.

Ask your physician: I bet it's a delphian lymph node. Some folks can feel theirs. Is it in the right place? During your next routine physical exam, ask your physician -- or if the mass starts growing rapidly, make an appointment. ...Read more

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Are single dominant heterogenous thyroid nodule no calcifications which increased in size both lobes. 1.2x1.3x2.4cm and 2.9x2.9x3.7cm. Usually benign?

Are single dominant heterogenous thyroid nodule no calcifications which increased in size both lobes. 1.2x1.3x2.4cm and 2.9x2.9x3.7cm. Usually benign?

Very Likely Benign: Of course nothing can be said for sure, but heterogenous nodules with no calcifications & not commented on here, but only peripheral or no blood flow are usually benign. You commented that they increased in size, how much-less than 10% is hard to tell from US to US. Was this done by the same doctor or radiologist? How is thyroid function? If real increase or not done an FNA may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can benign thyroid nodules that haven't caused pain in the past, become a painful ache and hurt when swallowing now? I have several of various sizes.

Can benign thyroid nodules that haven't caused pain in the past, become a painful ache and hurt when swallowing now? I have several of various sizes.

Pain thyroid: Thyroid gland does not have pain fibers stretching of thyroid capsule can rarely be a cause of pain in your case it sounds u have pain in the anatomical location of thyroid but unlikely due to thyroid look for other causes of pain like pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Found a thyroid nodule, via ultrasound in july, 2012 at 9mm; it was evaluated again yesterday at about 1.06cm. Fna recommended for this size?

Found a thyroid nodule, via ultrasound in july, 2012 at 9mm; it was evaluated again yesterday at about 1.06cm. Fna recommended for this size?

Probably not...: If the nodule is mostly cystic, FNA is not indicated. If the nodule is solid or mostly solid, FNA may be considered (depending on family history) even it is around 1 cm. ...Read more

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Solid thyroid nodule 3.3 CM now 3.6 cm. Endo says same size don't worry about it. I heard some people have ca. The fna 2012 was normal. I'm scared?

Solid thyroid nodule 3.3 CM now 3.6 cm. Endo says same size don't worry about it. I heard some people have ca. The fna 2012 was normal. I'm scared?

Low risk of cancer: A nodule that size has ~ 10% risk of cancer when 1st found. The benign FNA in 2012 is very reassuring, but does not completely eliminate the possibility of cancer. The nodule's growth is slight over two years, but if it has grown in other dimensions as well, repeat FNA may be reasonable. If measurements for side-to-side, front-to-back are the same, this slight ^ length would not be worrisome. ...Read more

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How large does a thyroid nodule have to be for doctors to decide to operate. The thyroid blood tests came out negative. My thyroid is normal in size but I have a 2.2 x0.76x.99cm nodule on the right lobe and a. 48 nodule on left. Will the dr. Decide to ope

How large does a thyroid nodule have to be for doctors to decide to operate. The thyroid blood tests came out negative. My thyroid is normal in size but I have a 2.2 x0.76x.99cm nodule on the right lobe and a. 48 nodule on left. Will the dr. Decide to ope

Yes, biopsy: If the report didn't say that this is a cyst, then you should get a fine needle biopsy. If negative, it can be followed with serial ultrasound as long as it is not causing problem swallowing or breathing now. If the mass grows on subsequent ultrasound, you can then re biopsy or just proceed with surgery. In any case, keep close eye on the mass, at least once/year with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid nodule that has increased in size from mm's to 1.6cm and hypoechoic associated with calcification. Increased blood flow also?

Needle Biopsy: It is likely that there will be a recommendation for a needle biopsy of the nodule. This is done usually under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia as an out-patient procedure. If there is evidence of a cancer then further treatment such as surgery will be required. Good luck. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule from 4x4x3 mm's to 6×5×3mm's in 1 year follow up. Is that something to worried about size change? Normal tsh's. do I need biopsy?

Less than 1 cm: Thyroid nodules are benign > 90% of the time. A small change of 2 mm may simply be variation in measurement. Additionally all tumors benign and malignant increase in size. In general growths less than 1 cm are usually monitored with ultrasound and a needle biopsy is performed if growing > 1 cm or sooner with concerning findings/calcifications on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Biopsy: Hi. Assuming your thyroid function is normal (not hyperthyroid), the thyroid nodule you describe needs fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and hopefully genetic testing) to see if it's cancer. If it's not cancer, you can leave it in and just follow it, and thus avoid surgery for a non-cancerous tumor. I have to assume that whoever ordered the ultrasound has told you that you need FNAB. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Don't know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Get evaluated: An indication to remove the thyroid due to a nodule is if it's already causing compressive symptoms. However, you need to get an ultrasound first to make sure it's a thyroid module causing your complaint and not something else. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodule measuring 29×20 mm in size usg report indicate a hyperechoic structure with increased vascularity my TSH n antibody normal?

Indeterminate nodule: Hyper-echoic nodule has 5% chance of malignancy and the risk increases with large dominant nodule. 20-30% of all cancers are iso/hyper-echoic.
Since this big nodule will be easy to biopsy - tissue diagnosis may be obtained to exclude malignancy. ...Read more

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How large do thyroid nodules look on ultrasound in order to raise suspicion for cancer? Does size matter?

How large do thyroid nodules look on ultrasound in order to raise suspicion for cancer? Does size matter?

Size matters: Size does matter. Thyroid nodules of less than 1 cm are usually insignificant. Among nodules of >1 cm, the likelihood of cancer increases with size, but even bigger nodules (3-4 cm) are usually benign. Best approach: US and fine needle aspiration should be done by someone experienced in interpretation, usually an Endocrinologist. If surgery needed, find an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you have thyroid nodules on your abdomen? I found a pea size lump and my doctor said it's nothing. Now I keep finding other bumps

Doubtful: I agree with your physician. The lumps or masses you feel on your abdomen are more than likely sebaceous cyst or lipomas, small fatty tumors. These are not worrisome. If they become painful or rapidly grow, consult with your physician. If they are unsightly they can electively be removed. Most of my patients can find one or more of these on their body. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bilateral thyroid nodules?

Bilateral thyroid nodules?

See ENT surgeon.: You may need an ultrasound guided biopsy. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules common?

Are thyroid nodules common?

Yes: Thyroid nodules occur in up to 50% of the worlds population. Modern ultrasound equipment can detect very small nodules that were not detectable with older machines. Only about 5% of nodules are cancerous. Nodules tend to increase in frequency as one matures. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more