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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. Nonspecific heterogeneity may be thyroiditis or Graves Disease. See Endocrinology 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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Thyroid U/S showed L thyroid gland heterogeneous hypoechoic nodule w/ mind internal vascularity. What does all this mean? FNA recommended.

Thyroid U/S showed L thyroid gland heterogeneous hypoechoic nodule w/ mind internal vascularity. What does all this mean? FNA recommended.

Means abnormal test: Ultrasound is a commonly used test for detection of Throid nodules which are quite common. So when the ultrasound shows a Thyroid nodule, it needs to be monitored and often a Biopsy is required to find out if the nodule is benign or cancerous. FNA is one such technique for obtaining a biopsy for making a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Heterogeneous appearance thyroid gland with complex solid & cystic nodule posterior margin upper pole right lobe 1.5x1.4x1.0cm, what does this mean?

Heterogeneous appearance thyroid gland with complex solid & cystic nodule posterior margin upper pole right lobe 1.5x1.4x1.0cm, what does this mean?

Possible biopsy: Many people have thyroid issues and have ultrasounds that can show a multitude of issues. Most findings are benign and typically are cysts. Biopsies are done routinely for solid nodules to make sure they are benign or not. You may require some thyroid replacement but thyroid blood tests are also required. She your primary or an endocrinologist since they specialize in thyroid issues. Good luck ...Read more

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What is diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland mean? Also have a 5x5 mm calcified nodule in upper left thyroid lobe. Help me understand this? Thx.

What is diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland mean? Also have a 5x5 mm calcified nodule in upper left thyroid lobe. Help me understand this? Thx.

Nodule: Heterogeneous gland means you don't have a smooth gland. This typical happens in pts with autoimmune thyroid disease where the gland is attacked by antibodies. Thyroid nodules are common and mostly benign. You have 1 nodule and it's very small. You can just watch it for now. See your doctor for more personalized explanation. ...Read more

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What does the following mean: Heterogeneous nodular of the thyroid gland with increased vascularity. As well as low T4 and TSH levels?

What does the following mean: Heterogeneous nodular of the thyroid gland with increased vascularity. As well as low T4 and TSH levels?

Plan: You have to discuss all this result with doctor, who knows your history, symptoms and all medical problems. Most likely you need the treatment for thyroid dysfunction, what depend heavily on numbers in blood work. ...Read more

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Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland with multiple bilateral hypo echoic micro nodules. Increased vascularity. What does this ultra sound result mea?

Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland with multiple bilateral hypo echoic micro nodules. Increased vascularity. What does this ultra sound result mea?

Thyroidologist: A thyroidologist or endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about your thyroid status and ultrasound findings and to determine whether a needle biopsy and/or referral to a thyroid surgeon is advisable. As a rule multiple nodules are more apt to be benign as opposed to a single cold nodule in males. Follow-up in these cases are also important even after the first consultation. ...Read more

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

Probably benign: Many thyroid glands are enlarged, and borderline means just slightly above normal size. The only way to tell if a thyroid nodule is benign or cancerous is with a biopsy. While some other tests may suggest it is benign the biopsy is the best way to tell. ...Read more

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Thyroid gland hyper functioning nodule right lobe multi nodular goiter. What does this all mean?

Thyroid gland hyper functioning nodule right lobe multi nodular goiter. What does this all mean?

Multinodular goiter: Hi. Your hyper-functioning nodule is producing thyroid hormone without pituitary regulation. Since you have multiple nodules, chances are they're all overproducing thyroid hormone (aka "hot" nodules). Your radio-iodine scan will tell. Any "cold" nodule of certain size will need to be evaluated to make sure it's not cancer (you may not have any cold nodules). Treatment with 131-Iodine is easy. ...Read more

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What does examination of the neck shows thickened thyroid gland with mild tenderness on palpation no nodules appreciated mean please. Thank you?

? thyroid inflammatio: If your thyroid is enlarged and the tenderness is truly over the gland in the midline you may have subacute thyroiditis which is usually caused by a viral infection and runs its course in a few weeks. I can sometimes cause transient thyroid overactivity. Aspirin is said to help with the discomfort ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done and the report said "Thyroid glands are heterogeneous but with multiple tiny nodules." What does this mean?

Ans: The thyroid is of normal size but within the lives there are some small growths called nodules. Most often benign and will not harm you. In such a case the tx is usually to check the Tsh make sure this is no and then just monitoring. ...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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What does increased vacularity mean thought out a heterogeneous thyroid gland?

What does increased vacularity mean thought out a heterogeneous thyroid gland?

It means: Increased blood flow to the thyroid. It may be a sign of thyroiditis in the setting of a heterogeneous gland. ...Read more

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Thyroid gland diffusely heterogeneous, with a 3mm cyst in left thyroid lobe, what does that mean??

Thyroid gland diffusely heterogeneous, with a 3mm cyst in left thyroid lobe, what does that mean??

Thyroidologist: Rather than being homogeneous, your thyroid composition is irregular with one cyst. The report does not suggest presence of a nodule or malignancy. A thyroidologist or endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about the significance of these findings and how to follow-up on them. ...Read more

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Hello, my girlfriend diagnosed with enlarged thyroid gland with heterogeneous echo pattern consider thyroid parenchymal disease, what does that mean?

Hello, my girlfriend diagnosed with enlarged thyroid gland with heterogeneous echo pattern consider thyroid parenchymal disease, what does that mean?

Thyroid big: 24 M from Philippines states girlfriend has enlarged thyroid with echo showing scatter suggestive of thyroid disease. This means she has an enlarged thyroid. But the cause cannot be determined. She needs to see a thyroid specialist/endocrinologist to figure out what is going on. They will know what is the most likely prob in your part of the world and how to best evaluate and treat her if needed. ...Read more

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Thyroid glands are diffusely heterogeneous with generalized increased vasculanity? There are no distinct nodules.

Thyroid glands are diffusely heterogeneous with generalized increased vasculanity? There are no distinct nodules.

Ask your DR if u: Have grave's disease or hashimoto's thyroiditis. I won't worry much. Meds will be adjusted based on your TSH & symptoms. Best wishes! ...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