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Can cystic thyroid nodule be cancerous?

Can cystic thyroid nodule be cancerous?

Unlikely but ask doc: Most of the the thyroid nodules are benign, cystic nodules are even more benign, but sometimes a small focus of cancer could be inside the cyst, to be sure most of the time after fine needle aspiration (fna) will be done by your doctor send for biopsy (cytology) to be sure it is benign.. ...Read more

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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I have bilateral partially cystic thyroid nodules. Biopsy done of the larger one, came back "follicular lesion of unknown origin" what does that mean?

I have bilateral partially cystic thyroid nodules. Biopsy done of the larger one, came back "follicular lesion of unknown origin" what does that mean?

Variable meaning: Follicularā€patterned lesions of the thyroid are common; these include hyperplastic/adenomatoid nodules, follicular adenoma, follicular carcinoma and follicular variants of papillary carcinoma. Repeat biopsy with a sample sent for a genetic afirma assay may give additional useful information. In addition, discuss with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is a innocuous and isoechoic thyroid nodule. Also what is a heterogenous nodule with tiny cystic spaces, it measures 0.7cm?

What is a innocuous and isoechoic thyroid nodule. Also what is a heterogenous nodule with tiny cystic spaces, it measures 0.7cm?

Hard to say: It's hard to say without seeing the actual images. An isoechoic nodule is typically nonspecific and potentially falls in the indeterminate range (ie need follow up or biopsy). Same thing for a heterogenous "nodule" with tiny cystic spaces. A "complex cyst" with tiny cystic spaces can be a sponge like cyst that is typically benign. ...Read more

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I just had fna done on 1 of 3 thyroid nodules and report say 3cm heterogeneous soild nodule w/small cystic components, what does this mean?

I just had fna done on 1 of 3 thyroid nodules and report say 3cm heterogeneous soild nodule w/small cystic components, what does this mean?

Microscopic?: This report represents the gross pathologic findings but the microscopic. Microscopic results will define whether cells are benign or malignant. Usually the solid part of the nodule has the answer. Need further information. ...Read more

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What does this diagnosis mean, Left thyroid: cystic lesion with hemosiderin-laden macrophages. Its my cytology report from a thyroid nodule.

What does this diagnosis mean, Left thyroid: cystic lesion with hemosiderin-laden macrophages. Its my cytology report from a thyroid nodule.

Probable benign: Most cystic lesions and not pure cysts usually respresent breakdown and hemmorhage into a benign neoplsm. The presence of macrophages and hemosiderin suggest some form of inflammatory condition such as Hashimoto's thryoiditis. Unless there are changes on physical and thyroid scan suggesting further growth, conservtive management is suggested. ...Read more

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I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

Thyroid: Its highly unlikely to be cancer. The odds favor this being a thyroglossal duct cyst. Pts often present at you age. You don't say where exactly your mass is. TDC is usually near midline. Another possibility is a branchial cleft cyst which is also a congenital problem. Your docs may want to do a CT guided fine needle biopsy. Hang in there. I think you will be fine. ...Read more

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.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

Likely benign: Cystic hypoechoic nodule is usually benign particularly without solid components. However some malignant tumors have cystic components. 0.2mm growth in 11/2 years is slow growth. Most malignant tumors grow faster. Most nodules less than 1 cm are not biopsied. Most small nodules are usually benign. You are correct in getting follow up US exams. Hyperechoic lesions are denser sometimes with calcium. ...Read more

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Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Biopsy: Hi. Assuming your thyroid function is normal (not hyperthyroid), the thyroid nodule you describe needs fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and hopefully genetic testing) to see if it's cancer. If it's not cancer, you can leave it in and just follow it, and thus avoid surgery for a non-cancerous tumor. I have to assume that whoever ordered the ultrasound has told you that you need FNAB. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodules on CT. US found 10+ nodules, 2 largest about 2.5 cm and are "mixed cystic and solid". Dx benign multinodular goiter. Followup needed?

Thyroid nodules on CT. US found 10+ nodules, 2 largest about 2.5 cm and are "mixed cystic and solid". Dx benign multinodular goiter. Followup needed?

Watch it yourself: Get acquainted with how your gland feels. If one of the nodules starts getting appreciably bigger while the rest stay the same, get seen. This may happen but isn't likely. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Seen Endocrinologist have one. 5cm partly cystic and party soild thyroid nodules no blood flow, went to recheck in 6 months what's next?

Thyroid nodules: TN are very common and largely benign. You benefit from monitoring, if they grow they will be further evaluated or removed before something ominous happens. Your thyroid blood levels will be checked, you may need thyroid replacement. Mostly, thyroid nodules are low risk health issue. Be well. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules shrink?

Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule. ...Read more

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What can thyroid nodules mean?

Depends: Thyroid nodules are very common in the population, especially in women. Most are benign. Biopsy is indicated if they are larger than 1 cm in size and mostly solid. Thyroid function should also be assessed. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

In certain cases: Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery. Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Not necessarily: The main risk from multiple thyroid nodules is that it can be impossible to adequately biopsy all the nodules, as is possible with fewer or solitary nodules. This could make it harder to diagnose the nature of a given nodule, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid nodules?

Masses in thyroid: Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be evaluated by your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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How is a thyroid nodule treated?

How is a thyroid nodule treated?

Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or signs associated with that nodule. In truth, the treatment for any thyroid nodule is very individualized and impossible to generalize further. ...Read more

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Is kelp harmful for thyroid nodules?

No: Kelp is not harmful for anyone unless they are allergic to it or it is taken in excessive amounts. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a thyroid nodule?

See your doctor: If you have a thyroid nodule, you need the proper evaluation with a history, physical exam, and proper testing. It may be something that can be treated medically. It might even need surgery. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...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