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Doctor insights on: Do Thyroid Nodules Come And Go

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How and how come thyroid nodules form?

Luck of the draw: Some thyroid nodules are the result of radiation exposure (like chernobyl}. Many people form colloid cysts which are incidental and of no significance. Some may have a family history for a tendency of thyroid tumors. Whatever the cause, they need to be properly evaluated. ...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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What is the mechanism by which thyroid nodules might go away?

What is the mechanism by which thyroid nodules might go away?

They usually don't: There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them, nor do they usually go away. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodules go down jn size ?

Yes: Thyroid nodules can either increase in size, decrease in size or stay the same size over time. A thyroid nodule that decreases in size is likely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules common?

Are thyroid nodules common?

Yes: Thyroid nodules occur in up to 50% of the worlds population. Modern ultrasound equipment can detect very small nodules that were not detectable with older machines. Only about 5% of nodules are cancerous. Nodules tend to increase in frequency as one matures. ...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 are thyroid nodules from?

Lumps in the gland: Nodules may be single or multiple (multinodular goiter) and may be due to benign colloid accumulations or 10% of the time cancer. See a thyroidologist to get a fine needle aspiration of any nodules that look suspicious on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules moveable?

Part of the gland: They will move upward with the rest of the gland when you swallow, and you can move them just as you can move your larynx and trachea once you know your way around your neck. Your physician can help you make the distinction from a lymph node or other mass. ...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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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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)

Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more