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Does calcification in thyroid nodules mean that you have cancer?

Does calcification in thyroid nodules mean that you have cancer?

It depends: It depends upon the pattern of the calcification. "eggshell" calcification, where there is a thin calcific rim around the the nodule is not associated with an increased risk of cancer, while "microcalcifications" inside the nodule are associated with a much higher risk of cancer, 50-100%, compared to 5% for nodules in general. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

It could...: As mentioned, there are both benign and malignant causes of calcifications within the thyroid. A biopsy of the nodule should be able to clarify the situation. ...Read more

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Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

No: However, certain patterns of calcification raise the risk that a nodule could be malignant. When in doubt, needle biopsy is advised. ...Read more

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Does calcification of thyroid nodules mean cancer?

No: But in the setting of a solid nodule they are a marker for possible cancer and often lead to needle biopsy. ...Read more

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1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

Possible: I don't love giving scary news in this type of forum but anytime I see a nodule with microcalcification I get concerned about cancer. It should definitely be biopsied. Lump feeling is probably unrelated. ...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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I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

Thyroid: Its highly unlikely to be cancer. The odds favor this being a thyroglossal duct cyst. Pts often present at you age. You don't say where exactly your mass is. TDC is usually near midline. Another possibility is a branchial cleft cyst which is also a congenital problem. Your docs may want to do a CT guided fine needle biopsy. Hang in there. I think you will be fine. ...Read more

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If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

No: Each thyroid nodule only has a apprx 5% chance of cancer. Most of the time, they are just growth and not cancerous. ...Read more

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Is my complex thyroid nodule taller than wide? It's 12 mm x 6 mm x 5 mm? Does this mean cancer?

Is my complex thyroid nodule taller than wide? It's 12 mm x 6 mm x 5 mm? Does this mean cancer?

In order: To determine whether the nodule is taller than wide, you need to specify the orientation of those measurements: Anterior-posterior (AP), transverese (T), and longitudinal. If the AP/T ratio is greater than 1, the nodule is taller than wide. An A/P >1 does not necessarily mean cancer, but along with other features, may indicate the need for FNA biopsy. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with thyroid nodules which are solid and have micro calcifications. What does this mean?

My husband has been diagnosed with thyroid nodules which are solid and have micro calcifications. What does this mean?

Needs a biopsy: The most common form of thyroid cancer (papillary) has certain features on us that let us know if a nodule is worrisome. Microcalcifications is one of them. He should have a biopsy. Although thyroid ca is generally curable, it is a bit more serious in males than females and thus this should be followed up with a u/s guided - needle biopsy by an experienced physician. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between a thyroid nodule and a calcification?

Tumor vs. Ca++: A thyroid nodule is a growth in the gland composed of thyroid tissue that might be undergoing change to a premalignant or malignant form. In certain growths or possibly traumatic sites the tissue allows for the deposition of calciuim into the area or growth and is most often associate with a benign process taking place in the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid nodule that has increased in size from mm's to 1.6cm and hypoechoic associated with calcification. Increased blood flow also?

Needle Biopsy: It is likely that there will be a recommendation for a needle biopsy of the nodule. This is done usually under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia as an out-patient procedure. If there is evidence of a cancer then further treatment such as surgery will be required. Good luck. ...Read more

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Subcentimeter hypodense nodule on left thyroid lobe with coarse focus of calcification---subcentimeter left thyroid nodule. Non-specific in nature.

Thyroid nodules: Most nodules less than 1 cm are not concerning and can be monitored with periodic ultrasounds. Some features such as calcification may heighten concern. Much more information is necessary in your situation. Is there family history of thyroid cancer, personal history of hyper or hypothyroidism, and radiation exposure? You need to discuss this with an endocrinologist and arrange a treatment plan. ...Read more

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How is it a 20 yr old (so called benign) thyroid nodule have new calcification and may now be cancerous? Why not take it out years ago? Very upsettin

Need bx: Thyroid nodules are not uncommon. The rule is that multiple nodules are considered related to goiters and are benign. A solitary nodule has the potential of being or becoming cancerous. If I find a solitary nodule that is cold I suggest removing it. It can be a benign adenoma, but if left can convert to a carcinoma over time. ...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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I'm a 39 year old male. A thyroid nodule was found during an ultrasound. % chance of cancer?

It depends: There are many factors which affect a given nodule's risk of being a thyroid cancer. These include size, and other features visible on us (ultrasound) and patient age. Because women have many more being benign thyroid nodules than men, the risk for any one nodule is higher in a man. For a typical 1-2 centimeter (1/2-3/4 inch), that risk might be about 4% in a woman, or about 8% in a man. ...Read more

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With regards to cancer, peripheral vascularity versus intranodular vascularity in complex thyroid nodule. Explain difference.

Explain: It is tough to fully understand your question.
Do you have a thyroid nodule? Do you have thyroid cancer?
Peripheral vascularity versus intranodular vascularity in complex thyroid nodule - is that something your doctor (s) have told you or is this some research you are exploring?
Please keep in touch with me if you don't mind. ...Read more

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Male with dominant homogenous solid thyroid nodule in midpoint that measures 1.1x1.3x1.7. Does this indicate a high cancer risk? Are most benign?

Most are benign: Hi. Yes, most nodules with those characteristics are benign. I'll assume you're not hyperthyroid (hyper-functioning nodules are NEVER cancer). Nevertheless, the chance of cancer is high enough (about 10-15% for nodules like that) that you MUST get it biopsied (non-surgical needle biopsy with gene testing is recommended). Don't ignore it, and don't ASSUME benignity. Cheers! ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Sometimes: The diagnosis of thyroid cancer is generally made by biopsying a thyroid nodule, but most nodules are not cancerous and many do not need to be biopsied. The best thing to do is to be examined by somebody who is very experienced in this area. ...Read more

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Might a benign thyroid nodule someday become a cancer?

Might a benign thyroid nodule someday become a cancer?

Not 100%: If the nodule is still in your neck, there is no way to know that it is 100% benign. Even if you had a biopsy before and it came back benign, there is still a chance that the spot of cancer was missed during the first biopsy. This is why we don't "poo poo" it away after 1 biopsy but continue to follow the thyroid nodule to monitor for size changes. All said, the risk of cancer is very small. ...Read more

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Unable to determine from a needle asp. If I have cancer in thyroid nodule. What's next step?

Unable to determine from a needle asp. If I have cancer in thyroid nodule. What's next step?

Options: You could rebiopsy. Maybe this time, also send out one tube for gene expression (molecular cytopath) to aid in the diagnosis. You could also go for surgery with biopsy taken while under anesthesia (frozen section) and proceed with total thyroidectomy if the intraoperative biopsy showed cancer. You could follow closely with ultrasound and rebiopsy if changes are seen with the nodule... ...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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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