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Can Thyroid Nodules Disappear Without Treatment
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: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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