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I still have high thyroid perox AB levels after a thyroidectomy(cancer). Are high levels normal or could there be some thyroid tissue still? Thx

I still have high thyroid perox AB levels after a thyroidectomy(cancer). Are high levels normal or could there be some thyroid tissue still? Thx

Antibody is not: dependent on thyroid tissue. The body makes antibodies by different cells than the thyroid. The antibodies can persist even if no thyroid tissue is left. ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy and after 10yrs my thyroid antibioties came back elevated. My tg was unmeasurable. Is this something I should be concerned?

I had a total thyroidectomy and after 10yrs my thyroid antibioties came back elevated. My tg was unmeasurable. Is this something I should be concerned?

Probably not: Did you have thyroid cancer or just a goiter 10 years ago? If no cancer, then there is nothing to worry about. You probably had positive antibodies 10 years ago as well. If you did have thyroid cancer 10 years ago and the antibodies were negative and now positive, then it's time for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My thyroid us report. Right thyroidectomy. Hypoechoic nodule in isthmus. .8 x .8 x 1.8 hypoechoic focus in right thyroid bed. No normal tissue in r?

My thyroid us report.  Right thyroidectomy. Hypoechoic nodule in isthmus.  .8 x .8 x 1.8 hypoechoic focus in right thyroid bed.  No normal tissue in r?

Thyroid ultrasound: By reporting "Right thyroidectomy" it is generally understood that the right thyroid lobe is surgically absent or has been removed. The .8x.8x1.8 hypoechoic focus in the right thyroid bed would suggest that there is something in the soft tissues behind where the thyroid was removed that is showing up. This could be a parathyroid gland, lymph node or something else. Get back with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

Radioactive iodine ?: Did you ever have a radioactive iodine ablation to get rid of remnant tissue? Residual tissue in the thyroid bed could be remnant tissue or recurrence. ...Read more

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Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Dec 2006 total thyroidectomy for papillary carcinoma & neck dissection bc in nodes...Now us shows tissue in thyroid bed...What is it ?

Residual thyroid: The surgeon cannot remove every last remnant of thyroid. This is why RAI is often given after thyroidectomy, to mop up any residual thyroid tissue-normal or cancerous. The US may just be detecting residual thyroid that the surgeon did not get. See your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I just had ultrasound of my thyroid. I was wanting explanation of the report. I had a right thyroidectomy in 2004. The report says left lobe is normal. There is no normal thyroid tissue seen on right side. There is a tiny hypoechoic nodule in isthmus.

I just had ultrasound of my thyroid.  I was wanting explanation of the report.  I had a right thyroidectomy in 2004.  The report says left lobe is normal. There is no normal thyroid tissue seen on right side.  There is a tiny hypoechoic nodule in isthmus.

Easy: The thyroid has 3 parts. Right lobe, Left lobe and the connection between them, the Isthmus. Right side is gone, consistent with your surgery. Left side has no abnormalities seen by the ultrasound. The isthmus has a tiny nodule seen that is hypoechoic. US uses sound echos. Hypo means that it is less dense than surrounding tissue - likely fluid filled = cyst or black spot on the image. ...Read more

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Had lump on thyroid biopsy came back ok. Another lump came up within 3 weeks now had partial thyroidectomy. What's the chance new lump is cancer?

Had lump on thyroid biopsy came back ok. Another lump came up within 3 weeks now had partial thyroidectomy. What's the chance new lump is cancer?

Not high: Off course the risk for someone to develop cancer will depend on different things like your personal history, your family history, history of radiation the neck area, environmental exposure etc. Majority of the thyroid nodule is benign. The risk for thyroid nodule to become cancerous is only about 5-10%. Discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible recurrence of thyroid cancer if thyroglobulin came back positive but antibodies are decreasing? Had full thyroidectomy 2 years ago.

Is it possible recurrence of thyroid cancer if thyroglobulin came back positive but antibodies are decreasing? Had full thyroidectomy 2 years ago.

Recurrence: Rest assured. It is impossible to say you are cancer free, but that is likely. Here's why: the thyroglobulin level is unreliable because you have antibodies. The fact that the antibodies are decreasing can mean that thyroglobulin is decreasing. Antibodies can be a tumor marker surrogate. Continue to follow the antibody trend and get periodic neck ultrasounds. ...Read more

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I've had total thyroidectomy & neck dissection & 2 rai treatments, ultrasound found tissue in thyroid bed, what does this mean?

I've had total thyroidectomy & neck dissection & 2 rai treatments, ultrasound found tissue in thyroid bed, what does this mean?

Left over tissue: What you describe could be scar, left over normal thyroid tissue, or thyroid cancer. Ultra sound guided fine needle biopsy, +/- molecular markers and a thyroglobulin wash out can give you the answer. ...Read more

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I had a hemi thyroidectomy in 2006 right side I recently had a CT of my neck for other reasons and the results came back with a heterogenous enlargement of myl left side. Should I be concerned?

I had a hemi thyroidectomy in 2006 right side I recently had a CT of my neck for other reasons and the results came back with a heterogenous enlargement of myl left side. Should I be concerned?

Need an ultrasound: If the right side was taken out and u were not placed on thyroid replacement, it's common for the left side to overcompensate & gets a little bigger. With the ct scan above, i would get an ultrasound of the thyroid to make sure there is no nodules in the "heterogenous" left lobe. If there is, u will need to follow it or get a biopsy. I assume the right was not cancerous since the left was left in. ...Read more

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How does a thyroidectomy affect your thyroid levels?

Thyroidectomy: If they did a complete thyroidectomy, your thyroid levels should be low; you should become hypothyroid and need to be on levothyroxine. However, sometimes surgeons do not do a complete thyroidectomy, depending on why the surgery was done. If they did a non-complete resection, but then the thyroid gland is not normal (eg. Hashimoto's), then you may get hypo even though there is tissue left behind ...Read more

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What happens to the thyroid after a partial thyroidectomy?

What happens to the thyroid after a partial thyroidectomy?

Usually nothing: About 75-80% of people who get a partial thyroidectomy remain euthyroid (have normal thyroid hormone levels) after surgery. About 20+% will need extra thyroid supplementation with thyroid hormone pills. I check everyone's thyroid function about 4-5 weeks after surgery. People may have a higher risk of hypothyroidism (low thyroid) later in life that would need thyrpid hormone supplementation. ...Read more

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Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues?0

Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues?0

Not necessarily: If your hemithyroidectomy was done to remove a thyroid nodule, the other side will still need to be monitored by an endocrinologist, particularly if it also contains nodules. Thyroid function will likely also be followed. ...Read more

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I had a total thyroidectomy in February. I have not had my period since last December, when I started having thyroid issues. ?

I had a total thyroidectomy in February. I have not had my period since last December, when I started having thyroid issues. ?

Not sure if your: amenorrhea is related to your thyroidectomy. You should consult with an endocrinologist to determine the reason. Treatment would depend upon your diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

How long does it take to perform a subtotal thyroidectomy and removal of a tumor on the right side of the thyroid?

Two hours: Does depend on any prior scarring, procedures invasion, and speed of the particular surgeon- very careful, is the key since important adjacent structures. ...Read more

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I have complete thyroidectomy 14 years ago I'm currently on thyroid hormone but my level is .049 is that normal?

Unsure: what level is 049...I assume it's your TSH..... The levels to evaluate in patients on thyroid REPLACEMENT therapy are the t-4 and t-3 depending upon the kind of thyroid hormone you are taking PLUS HOW YOU FEEL and LOOK CLINICALLY! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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