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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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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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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Skin cancer: Nodular cancers can be pigmented or non pigmented. If pigmented- will need urgent attention as your doctor will need to rule out melanoma as they can be aggressive. Non pigmented still need to be seen as melanomas can be non pigmented in about 25% cases. Basal cell cancer and sq cell CA usually will resent with non healing lesions and then can ulcerate. See your doctor as they may be symptomless. ...Read more

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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...Read more

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What are some causes of thyroid nodules?

Most: Thyroid nodules are benign some however can be cancerous. If you have a lump in your thyroid it should be followed closely by your doctor. Most benign thyroid nodules occur spontaneously without any known cause. As often happens with organs that have a secretory function (ie ovaries)fluid filled inclusions can form and grow. Follow-up with your treating physician. ...Read more

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What are common causes of granulomatous calcifications in the spleen?

What are common causes of granulomatous calcifications in the spleen?

Calcifications: The spleen filters a lot of blood and with that, a multitude of infectious material, since the spleen is part of the immune system. Many causes of calcifications but common ones are old infection, clusters of old cells, injury to the spleen or vascular beds themselves, etc.. ...Read more

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Are solid nodules of the thyroid usually biopsied?

Are solid nodules of the thyroid  usually biopsied?

Thyroid nodules: Thyroid nodules are common, and most are benign. Work up may involve a thyroid scan; if the nodule does not take up iodine, it is more suspicious. Some ultrasound features suggest more suspicion, and your doctor will want to biopsy those. Hashimotos thyroiditis can sometimes make a gland nodular, but hashi gives a different us appearance, and may have positive tpo antibodies. ...Read more

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Can benign lung nodules cause problems in the lung?

Yes: Benign means whatever is causing the nodule will not spread. However, the nodule can grow in size, impinge on, or erode into nearby structures and cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

What are the causes of loculated pleural effusion?

Several: The fluid, or initial bloody fluid, or pus settles to the bottom of the pleural space( between the lung and the chest wall) it clots or gets thick and sticks in the dependent area and the lung sticks around it. If there is a lot of bloody or fibrinous fluid it may get stuck in several places- collections called loculations. ...Read more

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Is histoplasmosis a common cause of pulmonary nodules?

Is histoplasmosis a common cause of pulmonary nodules?

Yes, very: 96% of nodules found in a study of screening ct scans were not lung cancer. While we don't know for sure what they were, its almost certain that many were granulomas, a type of scar often caused by "histo". In some areas of the country almost half the population has lung nodules detectable on a ct and histo gets blamed for many of them, with or without proof. It usually requires no treatment. ...Read more

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What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

Presence: The presence of any nodule is of concern specially if not calcified specially in a smoker or someone that quit smoking within the last 10 years, a nodule that grows within 3 months. 5year survival for stage1non small cell lung cancer surgical resection is about 70%, for stage2nsclc about 30-35%. Stage 2 mass greater than 3cm or less than 3cm with metastasis to regional lymph node.Lowdosect. ...Read more

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What types of benign abdominable masses can be nodular on ultrasound?

What types of benign abdominable masses can be nodular on ultrasound?

Several: Cysts of liver, kidney , ovary, some other ovarian, and adrenal masses. Adenomas, poly cystic, ? Dermoid, endometrium as- chocolate cysts. Probably more? ...Read more

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What percentage of heterogeneous, complex peripherally vascular thyroid nodules are cancer?

It depends: Thyroid nodules are mostly ( 80-90%) benign . But it depends on their size and rate of change(growth in their size). A repeat Ultrasound study of your Thyroid should be done(I am sure your doctor must have advised you to do so)) in 6 to 12 months time to reassess for any growth in the nodules in your Thyroid. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

No: The majority of lumps in the thyroid when noted to be multiple on scan represent the condition "multinodular goiter" These are almost always benign. When a solitary lesion is present that is "cold" on isotope scan, this is suspicious for possible malignancy and should always be removed. Bx has a certain degree of error especially if a follicular lesion looking benign has invaded capsule. ...Read more

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What are the causes of thyroid cancer?

No Simple Answer: It is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, both of which are not well understood at this time. In most patients, we do not know why they developed thyroid cancer. In occasional cases, the cause can be traced back to something specific (i.e. Prior exposure to radiation therapy to the neck or to other sources of radiation). ...Read more

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Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Pleural change: Nodular pleural thickening means an abnormally thick lining of the lung. ...Read more

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What are the causes of persistent left basal discoid fibrosis?

What are the causes of persistent left basal discoid fibrosis?

On the lung?: gosh could be quite a lot for this. If it is stable over years, cancer is MOSTLY ruled out (sometimes cancer can develop in a scar). And lung diseases such as COPD, or other causes of lung hyperinflation cause the bottom to get squished. For that matter obesity can squish them from the other direction! ...Read more

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What are the causes of painful ln enlargement on axilla?

What are the causes of painful ln enlargement on axilla?

Infection, but...: They are probably related to infections. You report having been tested for fanconi's anemia. Do you have it? Fanconi's anemia usually results in low blood counts that would increase risk of infection. These patients also are at increased risk for cancer at early age. I would recommend seeing a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Can subcutaneous nodules(around 1 cm) on lower legs that slightly itch wid little swelling and blackening(purplish)of skin on legs be signs of cancer?

Can subcutaneous nodules(around 1 cm) on lower legs that slightly itch wid little swelling and blackening(purplish)of skin on legs be signs of cancer?

Let's biopsy: I'm actually more concerned about a cryoglobulin or leukocytoclastic vasculitis. If you have been offered a biopsy, by all means go for it. This does not sound like erythema nodosum, but i've learned not to try to second-guess a rash / skin eruption without seeing it. ...Read more

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Can hard subcutaneous nodules(around 1 CM each)on lower legs, that slightly itch and blackened skin and slight swelling of legs be symptoms of cancer?

Can hard subcutaneous nodules(around 1 CM each)on lower legs, that slightly itch and blackened skin and slight swelling of legs be symptoms of cancer?

There are many: Types of cancer but in your age group i would not jump to that conclusion? You likely had two sebaceous cysts or someting benign. Get seen but cancer is very low probability. Good luck. ...Read more

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When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

When do subcutaneous nodules appear in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis?

Anytime/often later: Rheumatoid nodules occur in about 35% of RA patients. Interestingly, smoking and the use of Methotrexate increases the risk of developing these nodules. They tend to appear later in the disease course but can occur really at any time. ...Read more

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How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

How to know when do subcutaneous nodules appear in course of ra(rheumatoid arthritis)?

Usually never: Subcutaneous nodules are only present in about 20% of cases, they are usually associated with more severe disease. ...Read more

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If I am having skin nodules can this be caused by cystic acne?

If I am having skin nodules can this be caused by cystic acne?

Cysts : Cystic acne appears as red, tender under the skin bumps . See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My sister has skin nodules and the doctors don't know what they are. What can we do?

My sister has skin nodules and the doctors don't know what they are. What can we do?

University: Make appointment with university dermatologist. They have access to many colleagues in the department and world wide. May be they can help. ...Read more

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My gf has skin nodules and the doctors don't know what they are. Who should she see?

My gf has skin nodules and the doctors don't know what they are. Who should she see?

A dermatologist: A dermatologist may be able to diagnose these nodules based on appearance; if the appearance is not diagnostic, a skin biopsy can be done to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can acne medication be used on skin nodules?

Can acne medication be used on skin nodules?

Skin nodules: There are many different kinds of skin nodules. Some are pimples and folliculitis and acne nodules. Acne medication could be used on those. However the majority of skin nodules are growths such as moles, dermatofibroma, seborrheic keratosis, or other malignant or benign neoplasm. See your dermatologist to evaluate the nodules and prescribe the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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What skin infections can happen if a knife is used to remove skin nodules?

What skin infections can happen if a knife is used to remove skin nodules?

Skin infection: Anything on the knife or on the skin can be tracked into the open wound and cause infection, especially if there wasn't appropriate hygiene practiced before. If there is redness/swelling/pain to the area, see your doctor. Common organisms would be strep and staph (including mrsa). ...Read more

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I am on day 6 of accutane. Do the under the skin nodules turn into regular acne?

No: But the will appear to do this because as they shrink, you see only the surface. Congratulations on your having the courage to take the no-nonsense medication that will give you a new complexion and probably make your life much better. ...Read more

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I have had a couple of pink skin nodules on my right arm under my wrist area for awhile now(years). Not sure what they are scared it could be cancer.

Skin nodules: The fact that you have had these nodules unchanged for years makes it highly unlikely that these are cancer. They could be cysts, fatty tumors, or other benign tumors of the skin. See a dermatologist and ease your mind. ...Read more

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Had sono of neck, level 5 perform found a subcutaneous hypoechoic nodule consist w/ lymph node meas 1.1 x 0.2 x 0.9 C.M. Fatty hilum observe? What mea

Had sono of neck, level 5 perform found a subcutaneous hypoechoic nodule consist w/ lymph node meas 1.1 x 0.2 x 0.9 C.M. Fatty hilum observe? What mea

It is not serious: Observe means it can be watched and monitored for any further growth in size. if it increases in size such that you can feel it, then it should be removed or a biopsy done to find out the cause and rule out cancer in the lymph node. ...Read more

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All lymph sites swollen for about13 months as well as skin nodules, accompanied by bruising, hair loss, extreme weight loss, fatigue, itching mostly a?

All lymph sites swollen for about13 months as well as skin nodules, accompanied by bruising, hair loss, extreme weight loss, fatigue, itching mostly a?

Primary: what blood workup have you done. This seems to be going on for a while. Have you visited your primary doc?. With such a history, you need to be followed very closely by your primary doctor. I see that you've have certain procedures. what were the results. If your doctor has not discussed them with you, ask him/her to do so. Please visit them as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Skin Nodules (Definition)

Skin nodules = palpable collection ...Read more