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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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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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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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Would i be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Would i be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Depends on type: If cancer, surgical removal and then treatment, possibly with radioactive iodine. If benign, but causing hyperthyroidism, then treat with radioactive iodine, antithyroid medicines, or possibly surgery. If benign and not causing symptoms, can watch closely (after benign biopsy) or use thyroid medicine to suppress growth of the nodule. If it causes symptoms (trouble swallowing), surgery. ...Read more

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Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Yes: Some radiologists and endocrinologists have been injecting nodules with alcohol to shrink them. It is very painful but it usually works. Thyroid hormone does not usually shrink most nodules. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a calcified thyroid nodule.Can it be thyroid cancer?

USG FNA: At first, most probably you should have ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration after consultation with your physician. Calcifications can be seen in benign nodular goiter. So, continue evaluation of your thyroid nodule, to rule out thyroid cancer, follow all tests what your physician ask you to do. Thanks for question. Stay well. ...Read more

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How many fnb should I get to check thyroid nodule?

How many fnb should I get to check thyroid nodule?

Depends: Fn biopsies are directed to individual nodules. Do it depend ls on if you have just one nodule or multiple nodules. Thyroids with multiple nodules are less concerning for cancer. ...Read more

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Can all fibroadenomas (detected w/ultrasound) be confirmed w/needle biopsy, or do some need to be removed completely for biopsy if it's too small?

Can all fibroadenomas (detected w/ultrasound) be confirmed w/needle biopsy, or do some need to be removed completely for biopsy if it's too small?

Breast Fibroadenoma?: Breast Fibroadenoma is a benign condition and can be monitored without biopsy or removal unless it shows growth in size. You should check your breast once monthly for any change in size and also have your doctor do a breast examination every 6 to 12 months. Most fibroadenoma do not grow or may regress on their own as you grow older. ...Read more

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Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

No: Unlike the thyroid, people generally are born with 4 parathyroid glands. When one of them is removed, the other glands are still there to do the work. ...Read more

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What to do if I have thyroid cycstic mass with (2.4 mm) mural nodule, should be done by operation or by medication?

It depends: Your question is hard to answer without being able to examine you, evaluate your laboratory tests, and any possible radiologic test that you hopefully have already had. You should really take this question up with your family physician, endocrinologist, and surgeon or whoever has been evaluating you for this problem. ...Read more

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What should TSH be to suppress thyroid cancer?

Close to ZERO: If you are taking ample amounts of thyroid hormone. The idea is that TSH may be able to stimulate cancerous as well as normal thyroid tissue. ...Read more

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Can your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a thyroid problem?

Can your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a thyroid problem?

No: No, thyroid dyfunction can occur with an enlarged thyroid but can also be seen in persons whose thyroid has not changed size and appears to be of a normal volume. If you suspect thyroid disease, then see your pcp and/or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Do a 3.29 CM nodule need to be removed if i have trouble swallowing?

Do a 3.29 CM nodule need to be removed if i have trouble swallowing?

Large nodule: in thyroid may need surgery if it causes trouble swallowing. You doctor may be able to shrink it with medication. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Will medullary thyroid cancer always show in a thyroid ultrasound ? If not how do they find it?

Thyroid cancer: Hello. Unfortunately cancer of the thyroid will not show up on an ultrasound. A nodule or a growth in the thyroid can be seen and identified. A tissue or needle biopsy is needed to examine the cells for cancer. An excisional biopsy if needed will provide the pathologist the entire gland which then will be examined and a diagnosis rendered. ...Read more

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Why would thyroid panels need to be done in linear dilution to find hypo. thyroid issues? Mom had to have this if not her disease didn't show up?

Why would thyroid panels need to be done in linear dilution to find hypo. thyroid issues? Mom had to have this if not her disease didn't show up?

Hypothyroid diagnosi: This does not make sense. Most assays for FT4 and TSH have a broad range, and the diagnosis of hypothyroidism (low FT4, high TSH) is clear. If your mom's TSH was very high, maybe >150, they may have needed to dilute the sample, but it really doesn't matter if the TSH is 100, 200, or more. It's high. ...Read more

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Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

No: A lung nodule caused by coccidioidomycosis (cause of valley fever) is just a clump of inflammatory debri. This is the bodies' way of "wrapping up" the infecting organism so that it cannot cause any further lung injury. They do not need to be surgically excised as they cannot do you any harm. Neatly packaged, these gifts await unwrapping by other micro-friends long after you are buried. ...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


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more