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Microcalcifications are tiny specks of mineral deposits (calcium), that can be scattered throughout the mammary gland, or occur in clusters. When found on a mammogram, a radiologist will then decide whether the specks are of concern - usually, this is not the case. Commonly, they simply indicate the presence of tiny benign cysts, but can signify the presence ...Read more
Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often are thyroid nodule microcalcifications cancerous? Can capsule be ruptured during biopsy?
Common. No: Depending on the exact type of microcalcification, there is a significant rate of cancer. So nodules with microcalcs should be biopsied. There is minimal risk to doing thyroid fine needle aspiration/biopsy. No issues with rupture of the capsule, spread of cancer, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have stable, dominant 10 mm left thyroid nodule with possible internal microcalcifications. What does it mean ? Do I need thyroid scan ?
Thyroidologist: Usually, in women especially multiple thyroid nodules are all benign. However,that being said, if there's any doubt a needle biopsy is the diagnostic procedure of choice. I feel that an endocrinologist or preferably a thyroidologist is best qualified to evaluate, treat and follow you. Thyroid scans or ultrasounds alone don't usually settle the problem in my experience. ...Read more
Thyroid biopsy 2yrs ago had hurthle and follic.Cells. Now 3 nodules w/microcalcifications, 1hypo/1 isoechoic. Lobes larger too. Biopsy again?
Yes: Once again, your best friend is your local pathologist. I wouldn't hesitate to needle them once again. ...Read more
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