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What is the cause of this benign thyroid nodule?

What is the cause of this benign thyroid nodule?

Several things: It could be a colloid cyst - an accumulation of thyroid hormone. It could be a benign adenoma - an area of thyroid gland that is growing slightly differently/faster than the rest of the gland. Most physicians follow benign thyroid nodules to see if they are growing or changing, which may necessitate another biopsy. ...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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If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

Yes: A large nodule can compress and deviate arteries/trachea causing breathing or swallowing problems. ...Read more

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What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

Not a good sign: Hoarseness due to thyroid nodules would worry me. I would advise check up by either ENT doctor or go see an endocrinologist who will know how to find out more about what is going on inside the thyroid gland and also why you have hoarseness. ...Read more

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4cm thyroid nodule significantly decreasing in size within a week (now barely noticeable). What can cause this?

Bled into adenoma: That's my bet anyway. This is fairly common. Your physician may offer you imaging. This kind of neck lesion may be annoying enough to warrant removal. ...Read more

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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...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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Do all nodules caused by Hashimotos have similar characteristics? Do they have a greater or lower chance of being cancerous as other thyroid nodules?

Do all nodules caused by Hashimotos have similar characteristics?  Do they have a greater or lower chance of being cancerous as other thyroid nodules?

The "nodular": tissue of Hashimoto thyroiditis is "irregular" and can best be evaluated with various thyroid imaging methods! As far as I know there is no increase in thyroid cancer in patients with classic Hashimotos Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Nodules hypothyroid: The most common cause of low thyroid is autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The lumps in the thyroid can and do exist with the Hashimoto's but don't cause the underlying problem. It is possible that a thyroid gland can become so full of thyroid nodules that it becomes unfunctional, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

Your Dr is the guide: You need to tell us more...Why did you go to your doctor to start with? What has he/she advised you to do?. The cause of pain is unknown. It can be bleeding into a cyst. Cancer cannot be excluded unless you get this thyroid nodule removed surgically. ...Read more

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Had 7mm thyroid nodule that went away in a month.Also found to have thyroiditis.Dr said thyroiditis can cause thyroid to look like it has a nodule?

Had 7mm thyroid nodule that went away in a month.Also found to have thyroiditis.Dr said thyroiditis can cause thyroid to look like it has a nodule?

Correct: Your doctor is right. Ultrasound picks up the most tiny of abberations, and a 7 mm nodule may well be of no consequence, or be part of the heterogeneity of hashimotos thyroiditis or scarring left over from subacute thyroiditis. A cancerous nodule would not "go away" so you don't need to worry. ...Read more

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What may be a possible cause of increased peripheral vascularity around a 1cm slightly hypoechoic thyroid nodule?

Inflammation : A hypoechoic nodule could compress normal tissue and vessels . Inflammation around nodule might also increase flow. ...Read more

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Could FNB on 2.3cm Thyroid Nodule cause problem if it IS cancer? Like breaking the seal & spreading cancer faster. Deciding on FNB or Lobe removal?

Could FNB on 2.3cm Thyroid Nodule cause problem if it IS cancer? Like breaking the seal & spreading cancer faster. Deciding on FNB or Lobe removal?

FNB is safe: FNB is commonly done on thyroid nodules and lumps in the breast. it is the first step to make a diagnosis of Cancer. it is better to do FNB than surgery to remove a lump the surgeon needs to know ahead of time what he/she is removing? FNB next is the way to go in your case. ...Read more

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Can a large thyroid nodule cause dizzy spells?

Can a large thyroid nodule cause dizzy spells?

Unlikely if only one: It can cause dizziness only if it compresses the blood vessels around your neck and since you only have one large nodule, it is unlikely to cause compression of blood vessels on both side of your neck. ...Read more

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What would cause a thyroid nodule to hemorrhage and grow quickly ? Some kind of illness ? Trauma ?

What would cause a thyroid nodule to hemorrhage and grow quickly ?  Some kind of illness ?  Trauma ?

Vascular: Thyroid nodules can be very vascular and may not have a firm supporting structure so vessels in the nodule can break causing bleeding into it. Sometimes it can lose the blood supply in the center and become necrotic and then hemorrhage. Rarely there can be a viral thyroid infection causing swelling and pain. ...Read more

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What issues can mild von willebrand cause during a thyroid nodule biopsy? Anything to be concerned about?

What issues can mild von willebrand cause during a thyroid nodule biopsy? Anything to be concerned about?

Bleeding with a bx: There is some increased risk but careful technique should help reduce the risk. If the nodule is worrisome it is worth the risk to biopsy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would having thyroid nodules and an enlarged thyroid gland cause me extreme tiredness, I have not got an over or under active thyroid?

Would having thyroid nodules and an enlarged thyroid gland cause me extreme tiredness, I have not got an over or under active thyroid?

Look for another cau: If your thyroid is functioning normally(not under active) then the cause of your tiredness is not thyroid related. There are many other causes that only your doctor can define/address by examining you and testing your lab.Make sure that you are not anemic(check cbc) and your emotional health is normal and that you are sleeping well. Anyone of these can be cause for day time fatigue and need attent. ...Read more

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Can benign thyroid nodules that haven't caused pain in the past, become a painful ache and hurt when swallowing now? I have several of various sizes.

Can benign thyroid nodules that haven't caused pain in the past, become a painful ache and hurt when swallowing now? I have several of various sizes.

Pain thyroid: Thyroid gland does not have pain fibers stretching of thyroid capsule can rarely be a cause of pain in your case it sounds u have pain in the anatomical location of thyroid but unlikely due to thyroid look for other causes of pain like pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more