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What's an enlarged thyroid?

What's an enlarged thyroid?

Goiter: Its usually caused by inflammation. This may be autoimmune or infectious. At times it's caused by normal pubertal changes. It does not have to be associated with dysfunction ie hyper or hypo thyroidism. ...Read more

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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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Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Depends: What do you mean by "thyroid symptoms?" if your thyroid functions are normal there could be something else causing those symptoms. ...Read more

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What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

Graves/Thyroiditis: Most commonly this is due to graves disease or thyroiditis. In both of these cases your immune system attacks your thyroid and tries to kill it, because it thinks it is foreign, like a virus. However in graves disease the antibodies that attack the thyroid actually stimulate receptors that make it grow and produce too much thyroid hormone. In thyroiditis the immune cells infiltrate the thyroid. ...Read more

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Can huge hypervascular thyroid nodule be goiter?

Can huge hypervascular thyroid nodule be goiter?

Yes: By definition, any enlargement of the thyroid gland is a goiter. So if the nodule is causing the thyroid to be enlarged, there is a goiter. The question is, what is the cause of the nodule? Sounds like a biopsy is in your future. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule and pregnancy related hyperthyroidism. Nodule caused by this?

7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule and pregnancy related hyperthyroidism. Nodule caused by this?

Thyroid nodule: The thyroid nodule is not likely to be caused by pregnancy. Transient mild hyperthyroidism can sometimes be seen in the first trimester but should resolve as long as it is not an underlying problem that has not been diagnosed. Would suggest repeating labs for thyroid function at 16-18 weeks. Should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid on ultrasound mean?

Enlarged thyroid on ultrasound mean?

Many possibilities: An enlarged thyroid (goiter) has many causes and possible treatments. Is it causing hyper/hypothyroidism (i.e. Graves disease, toxic goiter)? Check tsh, ft4. Maybe anti-tpo. Is the goiter nodular or smooth? This may require an ultrasound, with biopsy of any suspicious nodules. Is it really big and impair your swallowing/breathing? Then maybe surgery. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is homogeneous enlargement of thyroid gland?

Your thyroid: Has enlarged without the formation of nodules or fluid-filled cysts. This can usually be halted with appropriate amounts of brand name T4 replacement if indicated. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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2011 u/s thyroid diffusely heterogeneous multinodular thyroid. Last week gland swollen/tender. New u/s diffusely n moderately inhomogeneous. Why sore?

2011 u/s thyroid diffusely heterogeneous multinodular thyroid. Last week gland swollen/tender.  New u/s diffusely n moderately inhomogeneous. Why sore?

Likely Thyroiditis: A heterogeneous (or inhomogeneous) thyroid echotexture is usually from thyroiditis (Either Hashimoto's or Silent/Viral). Inflammation of the thyroid (Thyroiditis) can cause pain. ...Read more

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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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Thyroid sono showed heterogeneous gland with multinodular goiter(positive hashimoto's diagnosis;on synthroid)-follow up sono when?

Thyroid sono showed heterogeneous gland with multinodular goiter(positive hashimoto's diagnosis;on synthroid)-follow up sono when?

10---15 days: You have autoimmune hypothyroidism and need to to be seen by an endocrinologist , who want to be sure cold or hot nodules and act accordingly and adjust synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more

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Thyroid ultrasound showed heterogenous echogenicity hypervascular thyroid. Thyroid labs normal. Any thoughts on what this is?

Thyroid ultrasound showed heterogenous  echogenicity hypervascular thyroid. Thyroid labs normal. Any thoughts on what this is?

See endocrinologist: It is unclear why these studies are being done, especially if thyroid blood tests are normal. You should see an endocrinologist to have him/her interpret these tests. That ultrasound is consistent with hashimotos thyroiditis. ...Read more

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Could thymus gland regrow?

Could thymus gland regrow?

Ususally not: Thymus usually regresses after reaching maximum size at puberty. It becomes infiltrated with fat during regression. It can enlarge with tumors such as thymoma and thymolipoma. Also hormone associated with hyperthyroidism or graves disease in adolescence can stimulate thymus to overgrow. Otherwise thymus remains dormant in older people. ...Read more

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Can hoshimotos automimmune disease of the thyroid make the submandibular glands enlarged? Or any salivary glands enlarged?

 Can hoshimotos automimmune disease of the thyroid make the submandibular glands enlarged? Or any  salivary glands enlarged?

Possible: Auto immune etiology is the reason for thyroid disease in Hashimoto's .The same pathology -autoimmune if directed against the salivary glands Vs lymph nodes is possible. But make sure that the thyroid disease is Hashimoto's and not thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

No simple answer: All that medical mumbo jumble is very clear to a physician but not so to the average person. You need to speak to your physician who ordered the ultrasound test so that he/she can easily explain the anatomy of what is going on and any consequences of this finding. It's too much to go over in this context. ...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