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How To Shrink Multinodular Goiter
Goiter/FNA: The cause of your goiter determines the possible therapies and yes it can be treated medically. Overall size, compression, response to medical therapy, fna biopsy, cancer are important so work with your team of docs. A surgery consult can give you lots of information about the risk/benefit of therapy with surgery. You have choices, good luck. ...Read more
Large thyroid lumps: A 'goiter' refers to an enlarged thyroid gland. A multi-nodular goiter is usually diagnosed on an ultrasound scan when many lumps or 'nodules' are seen. Typically these are benign. 3 things to consider for nodular goiter: 1) big enough overall to cause problems with swallowing, voice, or breathing? 2) do nodules over-produce thyroid hormone? 3) are any of the larger or irregular nodules cancer? ...Read more
Exam or ultrasound: Sometimes the diagnosis can be made on the basis of the physical examination alone; in other cases an ultrasound of the thyroid may be required to demonstrate the multi nodular nature of the gland. ...Read more
Maybe: If you treat with levothyroxine, lowering the tsh, the goiter may shrink. But often it does not, at least not much. There is also a risk of inducing hyperthyroidism. If there is a cyst, aspiration of the cyst may shrink the gland, but the fluid in the cyst often comes back. If the goiter is big and compressing airway or esophagus, surgery may be needed. ...Read more
Risk of redo surgery: Second surgery or redo surgery carries increased risk because your surgeon is going through scarred tissue instead of normal anatomy. Typically the surgeon goes slower and small structures like nerves and parathyroid glands are a bit more difficult to identify. Risk depends on the first surgery. If you had one side/lobe removed and now need the other side removed, redo risk does not apply. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. The gland can be generally enlarged or have multiple growths (nodules) leading to enlargement of the whole thyroid gland. The latter is termed multinodular goiter. The nodules are generally benign (noncancerous). The ultrasound appearance is correlated with how well the thyroid works using blood tests of thyroid function. ...Read more
Options: The "best" way will depend on your current clinical, and social circumstances. Your options include1) antithyroid pill to control the thyroid level, 2)radioactive iodine and 3) surgery. Choice 2 and 3 are considered curative options but you need to discuss the pros and cons of these options with your own physician who knows you best. Good luck. ...Read more
Need more info: Not sure what you mean by "test results" but u cannot know that u have multinodular goiter from a blood test. A thyroid ultrasound can give u this diagnosis in which case u will need a blood test called TSH to know what to do next. No thyroid scan needed unless the TSH is low. Thyroid ultrasound vs. Biopsy might be needed depends on the size and characteristics of the nodules but need more info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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