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Thyroid nodule removed. Will another one grow back?

Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...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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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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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 thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

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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Could thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Yes: Radio iodine is a labeled form of iodine that localizes in thyroid tissue. If the dose of radiation delivered partially shrinks the nodule there is still functioning thyroid tissue which can be further treated. ...Read more

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Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Evaluation: A growing nodule should undergo a fine needle aspiration under ultrasound. If positive for cancer, then proceed to surgery. If negative, it should be followed serially with ultrasound to track for changes. If no changes on subsequent ultrasounds and it's not causing breathing or swallowing problem, you might not need to do anything. ...Read more

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Should i go back to the doctor if my thyroid nodule is bothering me?

Enlarging: Nodules may need reevaluation and follow up ultrasound. I am not sure how the nodule is bothering you. When in doubt its always a good idea to check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Variables: Radioactive Iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism tends to have a much higher success rate than medications. Depending on the dose of radioactive iodine chosen, and the disease under treatment (Grave's vs toxic goitre, vs hot nodule etc), success rate in achieving definitive resolution of the hyperthyroidism may vary from 75-100%. A major expected side effect of radioactive iodine in hypothyroidism ...Read more

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Can a thyroid nodule be determined hot or cold after it's removed?

No: You can tell if something is "hot" or "cold" on a thyroid scan. We use it to decide what to do with the nodule. Once it's removed, it doesn't matter if it's hot or cold. You will not be able to tell with certainty once it's removed. ...Read more

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If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

Thyroid nodules: The chances of malignant nodules 11 years after removal of thyroid nodules is very unlikely. Have you experienced any issues 11 years after thyroid nodules removed? If yes, pl;ease see your doctor. If no, relax and enjoy. ...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)

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