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Doctor insights on: Can Thyroid Nodules Disappear Without Treatment

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Is it possible for thyroid nodules, associated with Hashimoto's, to completely disappear without any treatment?

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which your bodies immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid usually shrinks over time in this disease. I would be surprised if thyroid nodules also disappear with this disease. If they grow they should be evaluated at some point. ...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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What treatment for a complex thyroid nodule?

What treatment for a complex thyroid nodule?

Nodule: If you have a complex thyroid nodule that meets certain criteria a thyroid nodule biopsy under ultrasound could be preformed. It is a simple procedure done with local anesthetic. Most thyroid modules are overwhelmingly benign. If positive additional studies and likely removal of that lone of the thyroid. ...Read more

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What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

Your Dr is the guide: You need to tell us more...Why did you go to your doctor to start with? What has he/she advised you to do? . The cause of pain is unknown. It can be bleeding into a cyst. Cancer cannot be excluded unless you get this thyroid nodule removed surgically. ...Read more

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Which treatment do they do for a complex thyroid nodule?

It depends: An endocrinologist can help sort this out. Often they will do an ultrasound examination and a needle biopsy to find out if it is benign or cancerous. Once this is sorted out then the treatment is dependent on the cause...It may need to be removed surgically if they suspect the nodule to be cancerous. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a well defined heterogenous psychoechoic slightly solid thyroid nodule?

Monitor: Depends on the size of the nodule, you might need a biopsy to make sure it is benign. At the very least, you need to follow the nodule with another ultrasound in a year to make sure it is not growing or significantly changing. The only curative treatment is surgery which is the decision between you and your physician. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid nodule but the ultra sound said it was small and no need for further treatment. Why do I still feel like I am chocking?

I have a thyroid nodule but the ultra sound said it was small and no need for further treatment. Why do I still feel like I am chocking?

Must b another cause: Choking sensation in the throat can be due to something other than an abnormality in the thyroid. Because the anatomy in that area includes the vocal cords, the trachea, esophagus, epiglottis; abnormalities in any of these other areas may cause a choking sensation. See doc. Common cause is swelling of the larynx or vocal cord from acid reflux which is treated with a trial of an acid reducer med. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience w/ treatment of thyroid nodules?

Does anyone have any experience w/ treatment of thyroid nodules?

Many factors: Thyroid nodules are usually evaluated with ultrasounds and blood tests. Biopsies may also be done. Ultimately the treatment for a thyroid nodule depends on many factors, inlcuding a complete physical examination, that are best assessed by your physician. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules and had i131 treatment 3 years ago. My thyroid tests always come back normal. Is seeking a second opinion reasonable?

If you want, yes: Now it is Important is what is in that nodule, is it a benign nodule or it has malignant component in it. Thyroid function could be normal but usually need supplement after I 131 treatment. Speak to your doctor first for more information and for possible FNA (Fine needle aspiration biopsy) ...Read more

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I have multiple thyroid nodules over 6 years. They have grown slightly with largest being 2 x 1.1 x 1.3 cm. Biopsy indicates benign. Treatment?

I have multiple thyroid nodules over 6 years. They have grown slightly with largest being 2 x 1.1 x 1.3 cm. Biopsy indicates benign. Treatment?

Depends: Unless the nodules are a cosmetic issue, no treatment is necessary. Many people have multiple small nodules in the thyroid.
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What's the treatment for follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

What's the treatment for follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

Watch them: Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation. They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm confused aftr readng! .Have thyroid nodules. Ws on synthroid (thyroxine).10 yrs later, diff. Dr took off syn. Ok for no treatment w/nodules dr. Rarely ultrasnds?

I'm confused aftr readng! .Have thyroid nodules. Ws on synthroid (thyroxine).10 yrs later, diff. Dr took off syn. Ok for no treatment w/nodules dr. Rarely ultrasnds?

Evolving knowledge: In the past it is not uncommon for people with thyroid nodules to be started on levothyroxine supplementation. The logic was high dose thyroxine would keep the nodule from growing. Studies have failed to prove this and most endocrinologists gave up the practice of prescribing levothyroxine suppression for thyroid nodules. Most thyroid nodules are benign (>95%), long history is reassuring in ur cas. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for thyroid nodules?

Most Are Benign: Doctors' don't "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems. Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for ca they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more. ...Read more

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What are typical treatments for a thyroid nodule?

Options: Depends on the size of the nodule, you can either do an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out cancer or follow it with yearly ultrasound to make sure that it's not growing or do the biopsy if it grows. If it's causing swallowing/breathing problem or if it's producing extra hormone, surgical removal is also an option. If biopsy showed cancer, you will need surgery. ...Read more

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Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later. Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later. Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Thyroid nodule: Thyroid cysts can certainly come/go. The quality of ultrasounds, the interpretation, and the definition of a "nodule" can vary. Hashimoto's can cause a patchy pattern that can look like a nodule. Certainly a small nodule that is so transient is not something to worry about. An endocrinologist should be able to interpret things. ...Read more

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4mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared by 1 year follow up ultrasound. They didn't see any nodule on the ultrasound. Is this normal?

Yes: It's better to regress than progress. The nodule was not very big to begin with, it may have been a cyst and went away. I would start to worry if it had grown. ...Read more

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New 7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule found on ultrasound. I had a 4 mm hypoechoic nodule that disappeared a year ago. Why do I keep getting these?

New 7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule found on ultrasound. I had a 4 mm hypoechoic nodule that disappeared a year ago. Why do I keep getting these?

Common: Thyroid nodules are quite common particularly in women. Unless you nodule is greater than 1 cm or associated with concerning ultrasound findings such as calcifications or abnormal bloodflow, it does not need to be biopsied. ...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?

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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8mm normal vascularity hypoechoic thyroid nodule incidentally found on ultrasound. Does this need to be biopsies? Had one before and it disappeared.

8mm normal vascularity hypoechoic thyroid nodule incidentally found on ultrasound. Does this need to be biopsies? Had one before and it disappeared.

Follow: You don't need a biopsy right now but you should have another ultrasound in about one year to make sure it's not growing. Biopsy it in the future if it grows. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...Read more

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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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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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Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Yes: Some of the nodules could be hyperactive and cause hyperthyroidism (increase production of thyroid hormones). ...Read more

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I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more

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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

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 more

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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

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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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Could thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Yes: Radio iodine is a labeled form of iodine that localizes in thyroid tissue. If the dose of radiation delivered partially shrinks the nodule there is still functioning thyroid tissue which can be further treated. ...Read more

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What is a circumscribed thyroid nodule exactly?

It depends: Circumscribed, on an ultrasound report, describes how distinct the border is between the nodule and the normal thyroid tissue. It would usually be preceded by "well" for nodules with sharp outlines, or "poorly" for nodules with blurred outlines. ...Read more

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What is the cause of this benign thyroid nodule?

Several things: It could be a colloid cyst - an accumulation of thyroid hormone. It could be a benign adenoma - an area of thyroid gland that is growing slightly differently/faster than the rest of the gland.

Most physicians follow benign thyroid nodules to see if they are growing or changing, which may necessitate another biopsy. ...Read more

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