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Will the remaining remaining half of my thyroid hypertrophy attempting to compensate for the missing half without my taking thyroid med?

Will the remaining remaining half of my thyroid hypertrophy attempting to compensate for the missing half without my taking thyroid med?

Hemithyroidectomy: Yes. If 1/2 your thyroid is removed, the other 1/2 will hypertrophy. Half a thyroid will make enough hormone to keep you normal....If...(big if) that 1/2 thyroid is normal, and not diseased. Why was part of the thyroid removed? If it was hashimotos, then the other 1/2 may be affected too, and may not be normal. ...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


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Can thyroid nod be removed with parathyroidectomy. All thyroid half or what at the same time?

Can thyroid nod be removed with parathyroidectomy. All thyroid half or what at the same time?

Yes: Thyroidectomy, partial or even total can be performed at the time of parathyroidectomy via the same incision. Discuss the surgery with your surgeon in detail before surgery. If doubt, get a second opinion from another head and neck surgeon. ...Read more

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How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

Radioactive iodine ?: Did you ever have a radioactive iodine ablation to get rid of remnant tissue? Residual tissue in the thyroid bed could be remnant tissue or recurrence. ...Read more

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I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?

For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). It may be held for a while so your left over thyroid tries to work and will suck up the RAI. The other reason is when the thyroid cells die they will release thyroid hormone. This could temp make you hyperthyroid. Eventually your dose will be adjusted again. ...Read more

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After half the thyroid is removed, how long before the rest of the gland takes over?

After half the thyroid is removed, how long before the rest of the gland takes over?

Depends: On the health of the remaining lobe. Usually there is no delay in taking over. Why was half the gland removed in the first place? ...Read more

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After a total tyroidectomy, could the thyroid gland regrow?

After a total tyroidectomy, could the thyroid gland regrow?

Very unlikely.: After a total thyroidectomy the patient needs to take thyroid hormone. This would reduce the likelihood of regrowth even if a small amount of thyroid was left in the neck. ...Read more

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Mom had thyroid cancer. Dr just lowered dose of thyroid meds after 20 years of same dose. Risk of cancer returning somewhere else in body? No thyroid.

Mom had thyroid cancer. Dr just lowered dose of thyroid meds after 20 years of same dose. Risk of cancer returning somewhere else in body? No thyroid.

Thyroid cancer: The dose of levothyroxine used after thyroid cancer treatment is higher than in a typical hypothyroid patient to suppress the TSH (which can stimulate cancer cells). But this high-ish dose can produce hyperthyroidism which can put an elderly person at risk of AFib and other heart problems. If cancer has not reoccurred after 20 yr, this is probably a safe move. ...Read more

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What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

Don't base on TSH: I believe it is a mistake to base dosage on TSH alone; TSH is a surprisingly poor marker for tissue thyroid levels in many common conditions; one should assess Free T3 (liothyronine) and Free T4 and also take how the patient is feeling into account. Here are good articles about how 11 renowned specialists optimize thyroid hormone levels: http://tinyurl.com/6gvsxqu Also see http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg ...Read more

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What are some of the side affects of hashimoto disease. I have had the right side of my thyroid removed and take synthroid (thyroxine).

What  are some of the side affects of hashimoto disease. I have had the right side of my thyroid removed and take synthroid (thyroxine).

No : No "side effects" or symptoms of hashimoto's are proven outside the possible thyroid enlargement and symptoms of underactive thyroid, some of which dr. Fowler has listed. Once your thyroid levels are normal on your supplement (synthroid) in your case, you should have no symptoms of the hashimotos. By the way, we use the term "side effects" for undesired effects of a drug. Symptoms are what we experience from an illness or disease. See the links below to learn more. ...Read more

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To ablate remnant tissue after complete thyroidectomy(initially had multiple noduls, 1-ca node), what maximum dose of radioactive iodine be taken?

To ablate remnant tissue after complete thyroidectomy(initially had multiple noduls, 1-ca node), what maximum dose of radioactive iodine be taken?

Depends: The dose is related to the risk of recurrent disease. The larger the primary tumor, the higher the risk. In your age group (under 45 yo) the risk is relatively low, even with having a positive lymph node. The recommended dose would be as low as 30 mci or as high as 100. ...Read more

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In follicular adenoma of thyroid gland , after lobectomy , is ther resk for other remaining lobe to develop follicular carcenoma ?

In follicular adenoma of thyroid gland , after lobectomy , is ther resk for other remaining lobe to develop follicular carcenoma ?

VERY LOW: In treating thyroid tumors the lesion present should be solitary and essentially cold on thyroid scan. At that time if surgery indicated should the lesion be relatively small and confined to one lobe it is possible to save the other lobe. Ca Dx is made when the adenoma shows evidence of follicular cells breaking the capsule. A second primary occurs in the other lobe in about 5% of patients ...Read more

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The thyroglobulin antibody was done because of a nodule in the right lobe and thyroid markedly reduce in size on the left. Diagnosis thyromegaly.

The thyroglobulin antibody was done because of a nodule in the right lobe and thyroid markedly reduce in size on the left. Diagnosis thyromegaly.

nonspecific: Thyroglobulin antibody is a nonspecific test. It could indicate underlying autoimmune thyroid disease, but can also be seen in familial multinodular goiter. Depending on the size or other characteristics of your thyroid nodule, it may need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues?0

Should a partial thyroidectomy end the unwanted symptoms of thyroid issues?0

Not necessarily: If your hemithyroidectomy was done to remove a thyroid nodule, the other side will still need to be monitored by an endocrinologist, particularly if it also contains nodules. Thyroid function will likely also be followed. ...Read more

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Excise (Definition)

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