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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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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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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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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?

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

It depends: Thyroid nodules are common in the population, especially in women. Most thyroid nodules are benign. Nodules over 1 centimeter in size are typically biopsied to be more certain that they are benign. One cannot be certain about the nature of a nodule just by its appearance on ultrasound. It is also important to check thyroid function tests to make sure that they are normal. ...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

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