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Doctor insights on: Dominant Cold Nodule And Reduced Activity Of The Thyroid Gland

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I got thyroid results today and it was " Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland without discrete dominant nodules." what does that mean?

I got thyroid results today and it was "
Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland without discrete dominant nodules." what does that mean?

Heterogeneity: Heterogeneous means the size is irregular in terms of thickness throughout. Homogenous is the opposite and would mean the gland is uniform in size. Nodules are important to find because they can be functional or "hot" nodules that secrete too much thyroid hormone. May be thyroiditis. See endo for follow up. ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


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I'm 20wk preg. Having cold nodules on thyroid gland. Will go for biopsy. On thyroxine tablets. No swelling. Is it cancerous and hope baby is fine. ?

I'm 20wk preg. Having cold nodules on thyroid gland. Will go for biopsy. On thyroxine tablets. No swelling. Is it cancerous and hope baby is fine. ?

Pregnancy: Thyroid cancer in pregnancy is uncommon. Most thyroid cancers diagnosed during pregnancy can be observed until delivery. If there is a positive biopsy and aggressive clinical behavior (spread to lymph nodes) then surgery during the 2nd trimester might be considered. If this becomes the case, see a surgeon who has experience either this unique situation. ...Read more

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Are all thyroid gland nodules harmless?

Are all thyroid gland nodules harmless?

Thyroid nodules: A very small percentage of thyroid nodules can be cancer. That is why your doctor will examine them with ultrasound and perform needle aspiration biopsy on them. If the nodule is suspicious appearing, it may need to be surgically removed. However, most are harmless. You may need to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How can my thyroid gland have a nodule, but I can't feel it?

How can my thyroid gland have a nodule, but I can't feel it?

Size: If it's small and centrally located, you might not feel it. Ultrasound is the best way to "pick up" or detect these small nodules. ...Read more

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Decrease in thyroid gland size and increase in thyroid nodule size?

Decrease in thyroid gland size and increase in thyroid nodule size?

Concern: Thyroid gland do not change in size that much. Majority of thyroid nodules are benign, increase in size is a concern , should have fna biopsy (cytology ) to make sure there is no malignancy in it. ...Read more

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For thyroid gland is boarderline enlarged. Right has single nodule likely adenoma. What does this mean?

It depends: Thyroid nodules are common in the population, especially in women. Most thyroid nodules are benign. Nodules over 1 centimeter in size are typically biopsied to be more certain that they are benign. One cannot be certain about the nature of a nodule just by its appearance on ultrasound. It is also important to check thyroid function tests to make sure that they are normal. ...Read more

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I'm on Euthyrox for life cz if i stop i get nodules in my thyroid gland.That's all i know.Would you please explain more about my condition? Thank you

Probably not related: If you require thyroid hormone for life, then stopping it may result in an increase in the overall size of your gland (a goiter) which should shrink when you restart the hormone, but nodules are generally not caused by stopping thyroid hormone. You should check with an endocrinologist about this. ...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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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more