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Can thyroid nodules shrink?

Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule. ...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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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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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more

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How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

Depends on the cause: If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery. ...Read more

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Can medication shrink cancerous thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink cancerous thyroid nodules?

Yes: Some medications can do that but surgery is typically recommended first to take them out. ...Read more

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Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

No: There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them. ...Read more

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Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Yes: Some radiologists and endocrinologists have been injecting nodules with alcohol to shrink them. It is very painful but it usually works. Thyroid hormone does not usually shrink most nodules. ...Read more

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Would i be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Would i be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Depends on type: If cancer, surgical removal and then treatment, possibly with radioactive iodine. If benign, but causing hyperthyroidism, then treat with radioactive iodine, antithyroid medicines, or possibly surgery. If benign and not causing symptoms, can watch closely (after benign biopsy) or use thyroid medicine to suppress growth of the nodule. If it causes symptoms (trouble swallowing), surgery. ...Read more

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Will gluten free diet shrink a thyroid nodule?

No: No. There is little you can do to shrink a nodule. Some docs put you on levothyroxine to "rest" the thyroid in the hopes it will shrink, but it usually does not work. If the nodule is benign (needs ultrasound and biopsy), don't worry about it. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can steroids shrink swollen thyroid nodules?

Can steroids shrink swollen thyroid nodules?

No it can not: No it will not shrink the swollen thyroid nodule. ...Read more

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What can thyroid nodules mean?

Depends: Thyroid nodules are very common in the population, especially in women. Most are benign. Biopsy is indicated if they are larger than 1 cm in size and mostly solid. Thyroid function should also be assessed. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

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 more

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Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Not necessarily: The main risk from multiple thyroid nodules is that it can be impossible to adequately biopsy all the nodules, as is possible with fewer or solitary nodules. This could make it harder to diagnose the nature of a given nodule, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid nodules?

Masses in thyroid: Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be evaluated by your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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How is a thyroid nodule treated?

Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or signs associated with that nodule. In truth, the treatment for any thyroid nodule is very individualized and impossible to generalize further. ...Read more

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