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

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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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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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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Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

No: Unlike the thyroid, people generally are born with 4 parathyroid glands. When one of them is removed, the other glands are still there to do the work. ...Read more

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If you were to have silicon breast implants and they started leaking how fast would you need to have them removed?

If you were to have silicon breast implants and they started leaking how fast would you need to have them removed?

Sooner than later: While not an emergency, they should be removed when you are fit enough to do so. Call your local board certified plastic surgeon. They will guide you through this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you get your kidney removed do you also get the acompaniing adrenal gland removed?

Can you tell me if you get your kidney removed do you also get the acompaniing adrenal gland removed?

Sometimes: It depends on the reason the kidney was removed. If for a large kidney cancer, especially in the upper 1/2 of the kidney the adrenal is often removed with the specimen. For other conditions (especially benign ones) the adrenal is not usually removed. If removed, the opposite adrenal will be sufficient for the needed metabolic activities, if it is normal. ...Read more

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Do you know if I might need surgery to remove the thyroid cyst since it gives me trouble swallowing and fast heart rate?

Do you know if I might need surgery to remove the thyroid cyst since it gives me trouble swallowing and fast heart rate?

See Endocrinologist: See an Endocrinologist before you see a surgeon. If you are hyperthyroid (explaining the fast heart rate), that needs to be treated, and not necessarily by surgery. How big is the cyst? If small, it may be of no concern, and the thyroid cyst may have nothing to do with your swallowing. ...Read more

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I ve multiple lung nodules, expecting key hole surgery to test it, if it comes out benign, later will dr be able to remove them or better to leave them?

I ve multiple lung nodules, expecting key hole surgery to test it, if it comes out benign, later will dr be able to remove them or better to leave them?

Lung nodules: Can't be ignored. Some are more suspicious than others. Age, smoking ; other factors are key. Characteristics of nodule, like calcification, may suggest a benign cause. Surgical or needle biopsy can help define some nodules, but sampling error (missing what you aim for or biopsing a benign nodule when a malignant one may be lurking elsewhere) can occur. True benign nodules don't need to be removed. ...Read more

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Do a 3.29 CM nodule need to be removed if i have trouble swallowing?

Do a 3.29 CM nodule need to be removed if i have trouble swallowing?

Large nodule: in thyroid may need surgery if it causes trouble swallowing. You doctor may be able to shrink it with medication. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with very large fibroids and need to schedule hysterectomy surgery. What happens to fibroids if you don't remove them ?

I have been diagnosed with very large fibroids and need to schedule hysterectomy surgery. What happens to fibroids if you don't remove them ?

Large fibroid: Any tumor can get large enough and bleed due to tissue necrosis as the blood supply is not adequate for its growth rate. Large benign tumors, in general, can also degenerate into cancerous lesions. It is best to follow the recommendation of your gynecologist and have it removed, as has been recommended. ...Read more

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Will removing thyroid solve or help hashimotos? Already on thyroid meds and understand that would have to continue.

Will removing thyroid solve or help hashimotos? Already on thyroid meds and understand that would have to continue.

Thyroidectomy Worse: Thyroidectomy would worsen your problem. Get Broda Barnes' book, Hypothyroidism, the Unsuspected Illness. You should be on Armour Thyroid, or West-Throid--not synthroid (thyroxine). You also should be on herbal anti-inflammatory substances like Boswella and Turmeric. Adjust your dose of thyroid based on your heart rate and temperature--and how you feel. The blood test is a waste of blood. ...Read more

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Had tolselitis twice and can barely breath don't want to go to doc unless they are taken out. Would a doc recommend my tonsils be removed?

Had tolselitis twice and can barely breath don't want to go to doc unless they are taken out. Would a doc recommend my tonsils be removed?

It's possible.: There is no way to recommend tonsillectomy without a comprehensive history and physical. The most common reason to remove tonsils in an adult is due to frequent infections: 7 sore throats in 1 year, 5-6 per year for 2 years, 4-5 per year for 3 years. Basically showing frequent sore throats for a prolonged period. One can also make an argument if a lot of work or school is missed. ...Read more

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If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you ?

If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you 
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Likely: There is no such thing as 20% cancer of anything. Thyroid cancer is often cured by surgery with or without radiation and if any of the gland remains, it usually returns to healthy function. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor is unable to determine from a needle asp. if I have cancer in my thyroid nodule. they want to remove?

What do you suggest if my doctor is unable to determine from a needle asp. if I have cancer in my thyroid nodule. they want to remove?

Indeterminate: Hi. If your FNA cytopathology results are indeterminate (and assuming no gene testing was done, or you would have stated that), then you can either undergo a repeat FNA in a few months and see if a definitive sample is obtained, or go for a surgical biopsy. Good luck! ...Read more

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If i become healthier, will i be able to get off of my thyroid medicine?

Probably not: While i cannot predict for sure, having a proper level of hormone may have nothing to do with your bad habits. I think you should get healthier and if you need less medications consider that a plus. Coming from someone who just lost 25 lbs - do it you'll feel better. ...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


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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more