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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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Thyroid nodule "suspicious" of being cancerous, Do I need surgery?

Thyroid nodule "suspicious" of being cancerous, Do I need surgery?

Not yet: Hi. You don't need surgery yet. First you need a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB). Ultrasound findings can make cancer less or more likely, but cannot confirm or exclude the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. And if it's NOT cancer, surgery would not indicated. FNAB with gene testing would be the most prudent next step in almost every case. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does 4.5cm thyroid nodule require surgery?

It may: But the first step for a solid nodule of this size is usually fine needle biopsy. If the nodule is benign surgery may still be needed if the nodule causes problems with swallowing or other symptoms. ...Read more

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Should surgery be done for uncertain 3cm thyroid nodule? What are the possible complication in future if surgery is not done?

Should surgery be done for uncertain 3cm thyroid nodule? What are the possible complication in future if surgery is not done?

Biopsy: Has a biopsy been performed already? If so, and the results are uncertain, you should discuss this case with both an endocrinologist and with a surgeon. Complications from thyroid surgery are rare. Mortality from thyroid cancer is very low, but certain types of thyroid cancer can metastasize, and that is something you want to avoid. ...Read more

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I have a complex thyroid nodule that was much smaller but has grown to 2.9 CM (it was less than a CM 7 years ago) and I can feel it, do I need surgery?

FineNeedle aspiratio: 4-7 % thyroid nodules can be cancerous. What was your TSH levels. Was a fine needle aspiration (FNA) ever performed on this nodule? If TSH IS NORMAL get FNA! If TSH lower than normal get Nuclear Thyroid Scan. If scan shows non functioning nodule...then get FNA. If FUNCTIONING NODULE check FT4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels. Good luck. ...Read more

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Alternatives to surgery for solid thyroid nodule?

Depends: It would depend on the nature of the nodule. You may opt for a fine needle aspiration for initial diagnostic work up. If it is benign there may be no need for surgery. Do discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have a thyroid nodule that is suspected to be cancerous, do I have to get surgery?

If I have a thyroid nodule that is suspected to be cancerous, do I have to get surgery?

Yes: All thyroid nodules that are solitary and on scan are considered to be cold and not actively producing hormone have the potential to become malignant. As one gets older if there is a malignancy it tends to be more aggressive so that with spread to nodes there can be compliations. In the 20 age group tumors are less aggressive with cure rate high. leaving a benign adenoma can result in cancer ...Read more

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Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Should a heterogeneous thyroid nodule measuring 23x12x20mm be biopsied thyroid surgery partial

Biopsy: I agree. A nodule this big should be biopsied. Chance of malignancy is low but you need to do it to find out. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

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