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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Associated With Thyroid Nodules And Vocal Cord Lesions

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Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

See endocrinologist: You did not mention if you had an overactive thyroid 3 years ago when given radioactive iodine. I assume your thyroid levels are normal now. If you still have large thyroid nodules, and symptoms related to it, you may need surgery to effectively deal with the problem. It is best to see an endocrinologist for a complete evaluation of your thyroid. ...Read more

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Vocal Cord (Definition)

The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more


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How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

Depends: The biggest risk is from damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs under the thyroid and controls the vocal cords. It depends on the patient's risk factors and the skill of the surgeon. However, despite that it can still occur as a transient injury in up to 5-8% of thyroid surgeries. It can also be permanent in up to 0.3-3% of thyroid surgeries. Being intubated can also contribute. ...Read more

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Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Be evaluated: Most thyroid modules dont grow fast even those involving most thyroid cancers. Those that do should be evaluated as they can be concerning for aggressive thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

Yes: A large nodule can compress and deviate arteries/trachea causing breathing or swallowing problems. ...Read more

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Can I just use thyroid meds to reduce a thyroid nodule?

Not recommended: Ata guidelines recommend against use of thyroid meds for thids purpose. Causes other medical problems and found not to be beneficial. ...Read more

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What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

Not a good sign: Hoarseness due to thyroid nodules would worry me. I would advise check up by either ENT doctor or go see an endocrinologist who will know how to find out more about what is going on inside the thyroid gland and also why you have hoarseness. ...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