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Can benign thyroid nodule become malignant?

Can benign thyroid nodule become malignant?

Well...: A thyroid nodule is technically not "benign" unless it's surgically removed and the pathologist found no cancer in the specimen. A nodule that is still in your neck could still be cancerous despite a "benign" biopsy because not all of the nodule is cancerous. Sometime it's just a speck that is cancerous and was missed during the biopsy. That's why it's important to continue to follow the nodule. ...Read more

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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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Could it happen such that a benign thyroid nodule turn into malignant years later?

Could it happen such that a benign thyroid nodule turn into malignant years later?

Not likely: Benign thyroid nodules almost always remain that way. The more likely instance is that a malignant nodule grew within the benign nodule (more likely when the benign nodule is large). These are usually examined on ultrasound and biopsies via fine needle aspiration or core biopsy. Read more about it here: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/ultrasound-guided-biopsy.Html. ...Read more

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Is peripheral vascularity more associated with benign thyroid nodule or malignant? As opposed to intranodular vasc. I have 1.5 cm complex peripheral

There are a number: of ultrasound features that help determine the probability of malignancy. In general intranodule vascularity is a more suspicious feature, and peripheral vascularity is not, but in and of itself, this feature does not reliably exclude malignancy. ...Read more

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If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

Thyroid nodules: The chances of malignant nodules 11 years after removal of thyroid nodules is very unlikely. Have you experienced any issues 11 years after thyroid nodules removed? If yes, pl;ease see your doctor. If no, relax and enjoy. ...Read more

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Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Yes: It depends on the type of thyroid cancer. Papillary, follcular, and medullary thyroid cancers are typically slow growing. Anaplastic thyroid cancer are very fast growing. Fortunately, this type of cancer is very rare. ...Read more

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Could i die from a malignant thyroid nodule?

Could i die from a malignant thyroid nodule?

Not the best questn: Your better question is what steps to you need to take to increase you chance of survival with this process.Close and honest discussions with your treatment team can provide you the best answers. ...Read more

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What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

As above : Obviously u r concerned , to reduce u anxiety ask u treating physician , that way in the future u can get used to ask any question u may have. ...Read more

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Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Biopsy: Thyroid nodules with microcalcifications are considered suspicious and therefore fine needle aspirations should be considered for definitive diagnosis. If fna fails to make the diagnosis, surgical excision may be considered. ...Read more

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Is single solid thyroid nodule more/less likely to be malignant in presence of just-id'd suppressed tsh, slightly elevated free t3/free t4, tsi of 313?

Less likely: Suppressed TSH means hyperfunctioning thyroid gland. Most of the time that lowers the risk of cancer but does not eliminate the risk and the nodule may still need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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Us says I have a 8 mm solid hypoechoic thyroid nodule with scattered, small cervical nonspecific lymph nodes. What chance is it malignant & it spread?

Us says I have a 8 mm solid hypoechoic thyroid nodule with scattered, small cervical nonspecific lymph nodes. What chance is it malignant & it spread?

Low risk: Thyroid nodules are very common. The risk of cancer is only 5%. The option now is to proceed wwith an ultrasound guided biopsy or to follow this closely with another ultrasound in a year and biopsy it if it grows on the subsequent ultrasound. ...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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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more