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Having a goiter that has grown over years could be sub sternal thyroid?

Having a goiter that has grown over years could be sub sternal thyroid?

Possibly: It could be or it could just be an enlarging goiter. A thyroid u/s is the first test to evaluate this. Other tests can follow but you usually will know the seriousness of this with a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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What is the possibility I have thyroid cancer with normal TSH levels and a solid nodule that has doubled in size in 2 years?

What is the possibility I have thyroid cancer with normal TSH levels and a solid nodule that has doubled in size in 2 years?

Depends: Each nodule has a 5% risk of cancer. Any mass that is significantly changing in size needs to be investigated. See your doctor to discuss ultrasound-guided biopsy. Tsh can be normal in cancerous nodules. ...Read more

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Should i worry about a mass which is 22mm by 16mm when the thyroid is normal.The mass has grown by 4 mm in 6months.And have a new heterogeneous nodul?

Should i worry about a mass which is 22mm by 16mm when the thyroid is normal.The mass has grown by 4 mm in 6months.And have a new heterogeneous  nodul?

Biopsy: If your nodules have grown that much they need to be biopsied. You also should be on replacement brand name T4 to reduce the stimulation to thyroid and nodule enlargement. If you had half your thyroid removed because it was having trouble and forming nodules, removal of one half of it only made your thyroid's job more difficult and problem with accelerate without replacement. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized hard lump by a submandibular gland that has been there for years. No pain or symptoms. never grows. Blood work is normal. Worried?

I have a pea sized hard lump by a submandibular gland that has been there for years. No pain or symptoms. never grows. Blood work is normal. Worried?

Lump near gland: This could be an irregularity of the gland itself, a small lymph node, a skin cyst, or other abnormality. Ideally, you should be examined by MD and possibly have ultrasound or CT imaging if indicted. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this be a sign of an underlying disorder?

I have a lipoma and had thyroid cancer. My seven year old has two lipomas. Are they truly benign or can this  be a sign of an underlying  disorder?

No relation: Lipomas are benign growths developing in adipose tissue. They are not related to any malignancies but can on their own, progress to develop malignant transformation. If lipoma begins to grow rapidly and noted to become firm in consistency rather than softi , then bx is indicated. The majority of lipomas do not convert and have not been reported to be involved in any tumor syndrome ...Read more

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I had a large goiter removed but left the thyroid because it was healthy. I now have a new lump but in a different area. Can you get a new goiter.?

I had a large goiter removed but left the thyroid because it was healthy.  I now have a new lump but in a different area.  Can you get a new goiter.?

Yes: Goiter means swelling of the thyroid. The swelling could be the same condition in another area of the thyroid, or something new. Have it checked by your ent. ...Read more

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I have adrenal adenoma that have grown significantly over 3 ct scan in space of 18 months. Should this be removed. It's is 4.5 cm?

I have adrenal adenoma that have grown significantly over 3 ct scan in space of 18 months. Should this be removed. It's is 4.5 cm?

Likely, yes: Adrenal tumors are not uncommon, mostly they are benign. But any tumor which is growing steadily is suspect to be cancer and must be removed. A biopsy(CT guided) can be an alternative procedure if you want to make it a 2 step process. Your doctor must guide you further. Seek a second opinion if your doctor is procrastinating about what to do. ...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?

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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I have a hard, lump on my forhead. Its been there for about 2 years, and hasn't changed in size. Could it be caused by a brain tumor?

I have a hard, lump on my forhead. Its been there for about 2 years, and hasn't changed in size. Could it be caused by a brain tumor?

No: If you can feel it is extracranial meaning that it has nothing to do with your brain which is inside your skull. let your doctor examine it at your next office visit. ...Read more

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It is safe have surgery dealing with TB and Chronic granulomas??? I have 5.5 fibroid and Lymph node in my breast again needs be removed..worried maybe

It is safe have surgery dealing with TB and Chronic granulomas??? I have 5.5 fibroid and Lymph node in my breast again needs be removed..worried maybe

Safe: Yes surgery is safe, but that doesn't mean the risk is zero. And that low risk is for a group of people, not an individual. While the odds of a complication are very low, it is unpredictable for an individual. Ask your surgeons about the anticipated postop course, and what complications they have seen. If they say they've never had complications, find another surgeon. One that's honest. ...Read more

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In 2008 partial right side thyroid removed due to a single nodule that turned out to be benign. Now have fast growing nodules bilaterally, concerning?

In 2008 partial right side thyroid removed due to a single nodule that turned out to be benign.  Now have fast growing nodules bilaterally, concerning?

If you have: Been on an appropriate dose of brand name T4 replacement and still formed new nodules, they need evaluation and possibly surgery. If you haven't been on replacement since 2008, then somebody goofed because it would probably have prevented the new nodule formation. ...Read more

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What if you had a 2-3cm cyst on your left ovary 2 years ago that is stillpresently there, however it hasnt grown in size . Is that normal?

What if you had a 2-3cm cyst on your left ovary 2 years ago that is stillpresently there, however it hasnt grown in size . Is that normal?

Family practice : It is still pretty normal to have simple ovarian cysts at your age. I wouldn't recommend removal unless you have severe pain. If not getting bigger , birth control could control and regulate them. Discuss this with your dr. ...Read more

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I have a few of Bilateral Axillary Lymph Nodes. Is it a serious medical condition ? Also I have large of fibrous dysplasia whole 7th rib.

I have a few of Bilateral Axillary Lymph Nodes. Is it a serious medical condition ?
Also I have large of fibrous dysplasia whole 7th rib.

Relax: Everybody has axillary lymph nodes. They're your friends. If they're not preposterously enlarged, rock-hard, fixed to the bone, or draining something suspicious, they're best ignored. Any dermatitis on your hands can make them big. Fibrous dysplasia is like a birthmark except it's in bone. It also is a non-problem except in a few rare syndromes -- your other ribs will protect this one. ...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

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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There's a firm ball under my jaw that's been there for over two years (hasn't changed) doctors always say swollen gland.. is it most likely a tumour?

There's a firm ball under my jaw that's been there for over two years (hasn't changed) doctors always say swollen gland.. is it most likely a tumour?

Otolaryngologist: This may be an enlarged salivary gland or lymph gland. The fact that hasn't changed in 2 years is reassuring. However, for peace of mind an otolaryngologist should examine, advise and follow you,unless he/she states otherwise, for this growth even though it appears benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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