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Herbal Remedies For Thyroid Nodules
Nodule: If you have a complex thyroid nodule that meets certain criteria a thyroid nodule biopsy under ultrasound could be preformed. It is a simple procedure done with local anesthetic. Most thyroid modules are overwhelmingly benign. If positive additional studies and likely removal of that lone of the thyroid. ...Read more
Monitor: Depends on the size of the nodule, you might need a biopsy to make sure it is benign. At the very least, you need to follow the nodule with another ultrasound in a year to make sure it is not growing or significantly changing. The only curative treatment is surgery which is the decision between you and your physician. ...Read more
I have a thyroid nodule but the ultra sound said it was small and no need for further treatment. Why do I still feel like I am chocking?
Must b another cause: Choking sensation in the throat can be due to something other than an abnormality in the thyroid. Because the anatomy in that area includes the vocal cords, the trachea, esophagus, epiglottis; abnormalities in any of these other areas may cause a choking sensation. See doc. Common cause is swelling of the larynx or vocal cord from acid reflux which is treated with a trial of an acid reducer med. ...Read more
It depends: An endocrinologist can help sort this out. Often they will do an ultrasound examination and a needle biopsy to find out if it is benign or cancerous. Once this is sorted out then the treatment is dependent on the cause...It may need to be removed surgically if they suspect the nodule to be cancerous. ...Read more
Good morning. I am 40. I have recently thyroid nodule, it is one sided, visible, no pain no breath nor swallow problems. What is homeopathic remedy?
See answer: I would see your dr. And consider a thyroid us. ...Read more
Watch them: Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation. They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms. ...Read more
Is it possible for thyroid nodules, associated with Hashimoto's, to completely disappear without any treatment?
Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder in which your bodies immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid usually shrinks over time in this disease. I would be surprised if thyroid nodules also disappear with this disease. If they grow they should be evaluated at some point. ...Read more
Many factors effect whether surgery is appropriate. The size of the nodule, thyroid blood tests, biopsy findings from the nodule, and findings on thyroid ultrasound. These all need to be considered to make a sensible decision on how best to proceed. And your anxiety about cancer and family history of cancer also must be factored in during your discussion with your endocrinologist. I suggest a visit with an endocrinologist before any surgery is done. Most (90%) of thyroid nodules are not cancerous.
Good luck. ...Read more
I have thyroid nodules and had i131 treatment 3 years ago. My thyroid tests always come back normal. Is seeking a second opinion reasonable?
If you want, yes: Now it is Important is what is in that nodule, is it a benign nodule or it has malignant component in it. Thyroid function could be normal but usually need supplement after I 131 treatment. Speak to your doctor first for more information and for possible FNA (Fine needle aspiration biopsy) ...Read more
I have multiple thyroid nodules over 6 years. They have grown slightly with largest being 2 x 1.1 x 1.3 cm. Biopsy indicates benign. Treatment?
Unless the nodules are a cosmetic issue, no treatment is necessary. Many people have multiple small nodules in the thyroid.
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I'm confused aftr readng! .Have thyroid nodules. Ws on synthroid (thyroxine).10 yrs later, diff. Dr took off syn. Ok for no treatment w/nodules dr. Rarely ultrasnds?
Evolving knowledge: In the past it is not uncommon for people with thyroid nodules to be started on levothyroxine supplementation. The logic was high dose thyroxine would keep the nodule from growing. Studies have failed to prove this and most endocrinologists gave up the practice of prescribing levothyroxine suppression for thyroid nodules. Most thyroid nodules are benign (>95%), long history is reassuring in ur cas. ...Read more
Thyroid nodule right side, fna = benign. Some growth on 6 mo u/s. No further growth on 12 mo u/s but small new nodule on left side. Significant?
Likely benign: Most thyroid nodules are benign. To put things in perspective up to 67% of the general population evaluated with ultrasound will have an incidental thyroid nodule. However, without knowing your history, risk factors (family history, history of radiation exposure), and specific imaging features of your thyroids nodules - it's very difficult to get into specifics. Consult with your radiology doctor! ...Read more
Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later. Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?
Thyroid nodule: Thyroid cysts can certainly come/go. The quality of ultrasounds, the interpretation, and the definition of a "nodule" can vary. Hashimoto's can cause a patchy pattern that can look like a nodule. Certainly a small nodule that is so transient is not something to worry about. An endocrinologist should be able to interpret things. ...Read more
I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now I'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?
Hot or cold: Thyroid nuclear scan usually with iodine 123 will show whether nodule is active (hot, increased uptake, or nonactive (cold, decreased uptake).More cold nodules are cancer.For patients presenting with thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm. In diameter (up to 20% will be malignant). They should be carefully evaluated, and managed. If greater than 1 cm. Should be closely followed or biopsied. ...Read more
U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's? Highwbc, plate? On chance its cancer
Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more
Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more
May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more
Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up - if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read more
Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found, thyroid labs are done and ultrasound is used to evaluate. Those over 1 cm often get biopsied with fine needle aspiration biopsy. Luckily, about 95% of nodules are benign. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery. ...Read more
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