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Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?

Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?

Yes: Goiter is simply the term for an enlarged thyroid. Usually it is bilateral (both sides) but you can have marked difference from one side or the other. One sided masses of the thyroid are more concerning for a thyroid cancer, and so should be evaluated at least with an ultrasound, and perhaps with a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

Cancer risk: Each nodule has a 5% chance of cancer. Your nodules are large and should be evaluated (biopsy). Keep in mind that the bigger the nodule, the higher the risk that the biopsy will come back negative (benign) although the cancer is still there (false negative). You are very young and if the nodules are causing some compressive symptoms now, surgery might be a good option for you. ...Read more

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I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side. 1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied? No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer, an

I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side.  1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied?  No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer,  an

If these are: discrete nodules, next step is fine needle aspiration. Depending on the size of the thyroid gland and other studies, you might need to undergo thyroidectomy. Consult with your endocrinologist for specific advice. Chances of these being cancer is probably low. ...Read more

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If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

Misinformed: 1. People with ms do not have immune deficiency. Rather, their immune systems are over-active. Ms is felt to be an autoimmune disease. 2. Thyroid diseases, including goiter, are common among women; there may be a slight increase among persons with ms but this is debatable. 3. Goiter is not a symptom of nor is caused by immune deficiency. ...Read more

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I have 5 "nodules" in my thyroid, 2 of which have grown their own vascular rims. How serious is this? I have 5 "nodules" "goiters" or whatever word d'jour pops up. Two of these growths have grown their own vascular rim, and no one is doing anything. I

Multinodular goiter: Multi nodular goiter (mng) is likely what you are describing. This condition often times does not cause thyroid hormone problems but if it does, then the term functional or toxic mng is applied. In either scenario, the options including just monitoring nodular size by us versus thyroid removal, either surgically or via radioactive iodine. Seldom that use of thyroid hormone therapy will be helpful. ...Read more

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Can thyroid hormones be slightly low one day and normal the next and if so what does this indicate with goiter?

Can thyroid hormones be slightly low one day and normal the next and if so what does this indicate with goiter?

Thyroid: There is some variability about lab data. and slightly low and normal are both OK. What do you know about the goiter? Is it large? Has it been biopsied? Let me know if you can. ...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?

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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I got thyroid goiter nodules on my right side and the size is 1.2x 3.2mmand now this over 2 year so please advice me for the further treatment?

Goiter: You may need to have this checked again soon by your doctor. You probably should have blood test, including a TSH, Free T4, and Free T3, (liothyronine) as well as have your doctor order another ultrasound of your thyroid, to see if the nodules are bigger or mores suspicious, or to see if you now have nodules on the left side as well. ...Read more

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How did a thyroid goiter and nodules grow so fast. 5 months! Was just diagnosed 6 days ago with hyperthyroidism?

Toxic nodular Goiter: Toxic nodular goiter can hide a 10-20% risk of thyroid cancer. Need a beta-blocker like propranolol to control some symptoms like rapid heart rate to prevent heart failure. http://www.thyroid.org/patient-thyroid-information/ct-for-patients/vol-6-issue-11/vol-6-issue-11-p-6-7/ http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/Hyperthyroidism/ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000317.htm ...Read more

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I have been treated for osteoporosis 4 years ago. Now my hips i-e greater trochanters hurt when i lay on my sides. I also have a small goiter diagnosed as enlarged thyroid. Plz prescribe

I have been treated for osteoporosis 4 years ago. Now my hips i-e greater trochanters hurt when i lay on my sides. I also have a small goiter diagnosed as enlarged thyroid. Plz prescribe

Diagnoses needed.: Osteoporosis is not painful unless a fracture is present. Pain in the hips could be arthritis or tendonitis. X-rays and examination by an orthopaedic surgeon or rheumatologist would be helpful. Thyroid blood tests and possibly an ultrasound examination of the thyroid should be obtained. Bone density testing would be useful in determining the need for osteoporosis treatment. ...Read more

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I have multinodular goiter with two nodules measuring 10 mm and 11 mm on each lobe, then there are scattered ones throughout my thyroid. Biopsy?

Depends: The decision to biopsy is made between you and your treating physician. It depends on your level of comfort, what it looks like on ultrasound and whether or not it had changed from previous ultrasounds. Your choice right now is to undergo biopsy or do another ultrasound in 1 year and biopsy only if changes are seen. Both choices are reasonable. ...Read more

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Dr said I have nodule on left of my throat&both sides of thyroid r goitered. Hard to swallow. Said he doesn't know what's causing it andleft it at that?

Agree : We don't know what causes it. Thyroid nodules are very common. We know that excessive radiation will increase the risk that the nodules will be cancerous. Thus, if you know you have thyroid nodules, make sure you follow them and biopsy nodules that changes or grow in time. ...Read more

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Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.

Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.

Nodule: A single rapidly growing thyroid nodule is concerning regardless of thyroid function. If it has doubled in size in a short time or measures over 1 cm it necessitates a biosy to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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TSH level was .85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

TSH level was .85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid: In most labs the TSH level would be quite low and indicate hyperthyroidism (excess T4) though this should be measured to ensure it is not due to other factors. You should be evaluated for the various causes like Graves, Toxic adenoma, and hyperplasia. Then a best treatment can be offered. ...Read more

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What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

Don't base on TSH: I believe it is a mistake to base dosage on TSH alone; TSH is a surprisingly poor marker for tissue thyroid levels in many common conditions; one should assess Free T3 (liothyronine) and Free T4 and also take how the patient is feeling into account. Here are good articles about how 11 renowned specialists optimize thyroid hormone levels: http://tinyurl.com/6gvsxqu Also see http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg ...Read more

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I have multi nodular goiter, over the past 2 days i've had a stabbing pain in left ear along with pain in the left side of my throat. Is it related?

I have multi nodular goiter, over the past 2 days i've had a stabbing pain in left ear along with pain in the left side of my throat. Is it related?

Not likely: You probably have a throat irritation(like reflux) or infection(pharyngitis). There is a nerve in your throat which has branches in the ear. When that nerve in your throat is inflamed you can get ear pain. Multi modular goitered are rarely the cause of such complaints and one should look elsewhere for the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more