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Can A Thyroid Nodule Effect My Vocal Chords
Depends: The biggest risk is from damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs under the thyroid and controls the vocal cords. It depends on the patient's risk factors and the skill of the surgeon. However, despite that it can still occur as a transient injury in up to 5-8% of thyroid surgeries. It can also be permanent in up to 0.3-3% of thyroid surgeries. Being intubated can also contribute. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?
See endocrinologist: You did not mention if you had an overactive thyroid 3 years ago when given radioactive iodine. I assume your thyroid levels are normal now. If you still have large thyroid nodules, and symptoms related to it, you may need surgery to effectively deal with the problem. It is best to see an endocrinologist for a complete evaluation of your thyroid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up - if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In certain cases: Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery. Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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