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Difference Between Thyroid Nodule And Thyroid Cyst
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
What is the difference between thyroid nodules (thyroid normal size with several nodules on left an right side) and goiter?
Benign vs malignant: Thyroid imbalance describes a benign hormonal condition such as thyroiditis, graves disease or toxic multinodular goiter and is usually benign. These can be treated medically, surgically or with radioactive iodine if hyperthyroid. Thyroid cancer is cancer and needs surgery to remove it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benign vs cancer: Sometimes, especially for follicular lesions, the pathologist cannot predict the behavior. Adenomas can cause trouble by producing hormones; carcinomas can invade other structures and even kill. ...Read more
Thyroid nodule of the right lobe. Fna indicated follicular lesion-also hypothyroid, family history of malignant thyroid nodules. Options?
Surgery or...: A repeat biopsy combined with an afirma assay test may give you somewhat better guidance, but with your history and risk factors, surgery may be the best option. By the way, why are you taking generic T4 an Armour Thyroid together? There is no way to monitor the dosage properly as the lab tests will be unreliable. Brand name T4 is better, safer and more reliable. ...Read more
Thyroid: The thyroid develops near the base of the tongue and descends to its normal position at the bottom of the neck through the thyroglossal duct. The duct usually disappears, but if a portion stays open, a cyst (fluid-filled) can develop. There is no actual thyroid tissue in these cysts. Ectopic thyroid means that actual thyroid tissue is left behind somewhere along the path of migration. ...Read more
Former an emergency!: Both reflect a state of high thyroid hormone levels, however, the former is considered an emergency with life threatning systemic changes namely altered mental state, agitation and sometimes fever. It typically results from untreated hyperthyroidism and is usually brought on by a stress such as trauma or infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do solid benign thyroid nodules grow quickly? And could you have normal TSH levels with a solid benign nodule on the thyroid?
Nodules: Growth of thyroid nodules may represent malignancy. The only way to really know is to perform fna biopsy. Many patients with solid thyroid nodules will have normal tsh. Thyroid scans are generally no longer thought to be useful in distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules. Rai thyroid scans should be ordered in patients with suspected hyperthyroidism, not routinely for all patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multinodular goiter: Hi. Your hyper-functioning nodule is producing thyroid hormone without pituitary regulation. Since you have multiple nodules, chances are they're all overproducing thyroid hormone (aka "hot" nodules). Your radio-iodine scan will tell. Any "cold" nodule of certain size will need to be evaluated to make sure it's not cancer (you may not have any cold nodules). Treatment with 131-Iodine is easy. ...Read more
Thyroid nodule: The thyroid nodule is not likely to be caused by pregnancy. Transient mild hyperthyroidism can sometimes be seen in the first trimester but should resolve as long as it is not an underlying problem that has not been diagnosed. Would suggest repeating labs for thyroid function at 16-18 weeks. Should talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Will a surgeon remove thyroid nodules 3.0cm heterogeneous solid ifwith diffussly enlarged thyroid if fna comes back ok. I have hashimoto thyroiditis?
If the FNA: Is definitively "negative" not just inconclusive, many endocrinologists would just observe and follow-up at a later date w/repeat lab, exam and ultrasound. There are other factors as well, and best discussed with your endocrinologist. ...Read more
Thyroid gland diffusely heterogeneous, with a 3mm cyst in left thyroid lobe, what does that mean??
Thyroidologist: Rather than being homogeneous, your thyroid composition is irregular with one cyst. The report does not suggest presence of a nodule or malignancy. A thyroidologist or endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about the significance of these findings and how to follow-up on them. ...Read more
Both hyperthyroidism: Both graves disease and a hot nodule are causes of hyperthyroidism. In graves, the whole thyroid is enlarged and it is an autoimmune disease. In hot (toxic) nodule, there is one nodule that is hyperactive and causing all the problem, and the rest of the thyroid is relatively normal. Both causes respond well to antithyroid drugs and radioactive iodine. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more
Types of growth: Almost all women have some "fibrocystic" change at some time during their reproductive lives. These are various proliferations of cells that come and go; no one really understands them despite their being common. A fibroadenoma is a true tumor. Both are benign. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. ...Read more
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