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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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Bilateral thyroid nodules?

Bilateral thyroid nodules?

See ENT surgeon.: You may need an ultrasound guided biopsy. ...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

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...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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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...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 are the tests for thyroid nodules?

What are the tests for thyroid nodules?

TSH ultrasound: Tsh (blood test) to check thyroid function, ultrasound to characterise the nodule (how many, size, solid vs. Cyst, suspicion for malignancy), fine needle aspiration (fna) for suspicious nodules. ...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 the symptoms of thyroid nodules?

Varies: Most thyroid nodules have no associated symptoms. However, some nodules can cause symptoms like pain, pressure, coughing, swallowing problems, voice changes, or other associated sensations such as fatigue. ...Read more

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Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

No: 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. ...Read more

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What should you eat if you have thyroid nodules?

Does not matter: Eating is not likely to have an effect on thyroid nodules. You should seek medical attention and find out the cause of the nodules. Then your doctor can treat the cause and thus help you and guide you properly. ...Read more

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Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Be evaluated: Most thyroid modules don't grow fast even those involving most thyroid cancers. Those that do should be evaluated as they can be concerning for aggressive thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Yes: Some of the nodules could be hyperactive and cause hyperthyroidism (increase production of thyroid hormones). ...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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I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodules (hot or cold)? How can you tell which is which?

Images: "hot" or "cold" is a term related to the appearance on nuclear medicine imaging. A "hot" nodule is one that is too active, and secretes hormone, but benign. A cold nodule takes up less tracer. About 20% of these are malignant, and so they are biopsied. Cysts will also show up cold as they are fluid rather than tissue, so this study should be interpreted along side an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

Not usually: We do not recommend removing just the nodule. The recurrence risk is high and the secondary operation is more dangerous due to scarring. Typically we remove one half of the thyroid (lobectomy) or the whole thing (total thyroidectomy) depending on the specific pathology. ...Read more

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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up - if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with thyroid nodules! Is this serious? What can I do?

Follow-up: If you have not had one then I would have a thyroid ultrasound performed. Any nodule 1 cm or greater in size should biopsied. Be sure to have your thyroid hormone blood levels checked as well. ...Read more

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Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

Generally not: Look for other causes. One uncommon cause is vocal cord dysfunction, which can feel just like an asthma attack, but is not relieved with inhalers. Esophageal spasm is another cause. Getting stuck on a preconceived diagnosis prevents the proper one from being made. See your doc, and describe your symptoms in detail to him, in order for the proper diagnosis to be made. ...Read more

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