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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: Most "inconclusive" thyroid biopsies are fine needle biopsies (fnas). "inconclusive" ones are usually benign but occasionally are not, and this can only be established with a proper surgical excision and full pathology examination. This is the reason to remove a nodule...Not its size. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Finding thyroid expert ? Reading tells me large percentage of thyroid/nodules removed are benign. Medical papers refer to finding needle in haystack.
Cancer < 5%: Thyroid nodules are very common, especially as we get older. You are correct, most thyroid nodules removed are benign. There is a small risk of cancer in most nodules, but the risk goes up with significant medically history, like family history of thyroid cancer or history of neck radiation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr wants 2.9cm complex inconclusive thyroid nodule that started out smaller than 1cm 7 years ago removed is 1 month too long to wait to see surgeon?
Single benign thyroid nodule removed 3 years ago, recent ultrasound now reveals multiple nodules on both sides of the thyroid. How worrisome is this?
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