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Microcalcifications (Definition)

Are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely ...Read more


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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

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 more

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What does microcalcification in thyroid nodule mean?

Usually biopsy: Fine microcalfications in a solid nodule can be seen in certain thyroid cancers (papillary most commonly). Ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy is often performed in this setting. ...Read more

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Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

No: However, certain patterns of calcification raise the risk that a nodule could be malignant. When in doubt, needle biopsy is advised. ...Read more

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How often are thyroid nodule microcalcifications cancerous? Can capsule be ruptured during biopsy?

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 more

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Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

No: Thyroid nodules with calcifications need to be fully evaluated, but just because they have calcifications, doesn't mean that they are cancerous. Don't delay, get evaluated. ...Read more

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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

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What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

As above: Obviously u r concerned, to reduce u anxiety ask u treating physician, that way in the future u can get used to ask any question u may have. ...Read more

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Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Biopsy: Thyroid nodules with microcalcifications are considered suspicious and therefore fine needle aspirations should be considered for definitive diagnosis. If fna fails to make the diagnosis, surgical excision may be considered. ...Read more

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Left thyroid lobe is 3x1.1x0.9cm. The nodule is 5x7x7mm with hypervascularity, microcalcifications and posterior capsule. What is the chance of cancer?

Left thyroid lobe is 3x1.1x0.9cm. The nodule is 5x7x7mm with hypervascularity, microcalcifications and posterior capsule. What is the chance of cancer?

About 5-10%: Over 90% of nodules are benign. The risk is higher in someone with a family history of thyroid cancer and in people who have had significant exposure to radiation. ...Read more

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I have a 4.4cmx3.5cmx1.1cm solid thyroid nodule. The report read "Microcalcifications" and "Hypervascular". What is the likelihood that it is cancer?

I have a 4.4cmx3.5cmx1.1cm solid thyroid nodule. The report read "Microcalcifications" and "Hypervascular". What is the likelihood that it is cancer?

Needs Biopsy: Thyroid nodule with microcalcification&hypervascularity have a likelihood of being Cancerous in about approx 5.3 % of cases according to literature. Ask your endocrinologist for Biopsy
We really need other teatures like irregular or regular border, Pattern of calcifications like few few or snowstorm parttern, minimal or high internal flow
These are other features taken into account to prediction ...Read more

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Thyroid nodules -should patient know? Us features microcalcifications, shape, hypoechogenicity, type III color power doppler do doctors look carefully?

Thyroid nodules -should patient know? Us features microcalcifications, shape, hypoechogenicity, type III color power doppler do doctors look carefully?

Thyroid nodules: Many people have thyroid nodules. Most are benign. There are many features that a radiologist will look for in thyroid nodules to help determine if further evaluation is needed. The most important features are calcification, taller than wide nodules and irregular microlobulations. If need be a fna or core biopsy can be preformed. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with 5x5 mm isoechioc solid thyroid nodule without evidence of, microcalcifications no masses, no lymphadenopathy visualized what dis?

Observation: It sounds like you were found to have a small thyroid nodule of 5 mm. These are common in the population, usually benign. Typically they are followed with repeat ultrasound in 6-12 months to see if it changes. You should have thyroid function tests done as well. ...Read more

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History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?

Possible: Most likely your doctor will do aspiration biopsy (FNS) in the office wait for the results, in general prognosis is excellent in most of the thyroid cancers. 44 yr old can expect cure, speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Us of thyroid 3 growing nodules 1.5cm +. Microcalcification, internal vascularity, iso & hypoechoic, solid. History stg III melanoma. Fna sched. Worry?

Thyroid nodules: Though majority of thyroid nodules are benign but increased vascularity calcification and increasing size suggest a possible chance of malignancy you need a ultrasound guided biopsy to decide future management. ...Read more

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3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

Not necessarily...: The fact that FNA was reported as benign, the nodule is unlikely to be malignant. Small droplets of benign colloid often mimic "microcalcificatins" of papillary tumor, hence caution is advised. I would suggest repeating the FNA, and consider also collecting samples for gene profiling studies, such as, those manufactured by Veracyte and Asuragen (Note:I have no financial/other interest.) ...Read more

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How does mdma affect hashimoto thyroidism?

How does mdma affect hashimoto thyroidism?

?: No established direct effect, but such deleterious drug isn't expected to be of any benefit in any condition, including psychiatric illness claimed by some to be of value, do yourself, or the person you're asking on his/her behalf, a favor, and get treated right in a detox program, good luck ...Read more

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Is it true that a group of amorphous microcalcifications described as "loose", are generally more indicative of a benign entity than a "tight" group?

Is it true that a group of amorphous microcalcifications described as "loose", are generally more indicative of a benign entity than a "tight" group?

Yes: Originally a mammogram was used to pick up small stellate breast lesions that couldn't be palpated. Then micro C++ was found and correlated with DCIS only when there is a tight cluster and usually the cluster has 8 or more fine granules tightly packed. A loose area has usually been found to be benign. ...Read more

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Done an sgpt test and it says on the result that mine is 66 (ref: 9.00-52 u/l (h). Do I need to worry? I am drinking ptu (propylthiouracil) for my thyroidism continuously

Done an sgpt test and it says on the result that mine is 66 (ref: 9.00-52 u/l (h). Do I need to worry? I am drinking ptu (propylthiouracil) for my thyroidism continuously

PTU (propylthiouracil) and liver: Drugs like ptu (propylthiouracil) and Methimazole can cause liver toxicity but hyperthyroidism can also cause elevation int the liver enzyme test you had done. If your still early in your treatment and your thyroid hormone levels (free t4) is still high it could be that. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

Abnormalities: They are area (s) of tiny calcium deposits, which have high incidence of malignancy, seen in the mammogram, can not feel them by examination, could be small localised cancer tissue, and need to be examined by microscope (biopsy needed). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: microcalcifications?

What is the definition or description of: microcalcifications?

Microcalcifications: Are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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How often are microcalcifications cancer?

How often are microcalcifications cancer?

? in a mammogram?: About 12% of microcalcifications seen on mammography are indicative of cancer. There are characteristics of the ca which lead the mammographer and/or surgeon to be suspicious. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does testicular microcalcification affect fertility?

Does testicular microcalcification affect fertility?

Maybe: Testicular microlithiasis (TM) uncommon pathologic condition that is commonly diagnosed by scrotal ultrasonography. Indirect evidence suggests that TM may be associated with an increased risk of testicular malignancy and infertility.Greater amount of calcifications seems to have greater relationship to cancer and infertililty. ...Read more

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My diag mammo stated presence of a small tightly grouped microcalcifications slightly pleomorphic and represent interval how serious? Going to see BS

My diag mammo stated presence of a small tightly grouped microcalcifications slightly pleomorphic and represent interval how serious? Going to see BS

Mammography: Hi, Pleomorphic Microcalcifications on mammogram are concerning and deserve further evaluation including Ultrasound/MRI and biopsy. Please talk to your surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there some way to reduce or get rid of microcalcifications in the breasts?

Is there some way to reduce or get rid of microcalcifications in the breasts?

Microcalcifications: There are many causes of breast calcifications, most are benign and require no treatment. Some are suspicious and require biopsy, the rest are best left alone. ...Read more

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My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

Biopsy Needed for Dx: A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality. This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time. ...Read more

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