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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodules bleed into the esophagus?

Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodules bleed into the esophagus?

Can't imagine how!: There is no direct communication between the thyroid and esophagus. A bleeding thyroid nodule would bleed into the gland and extend into the tissues of the neck. ...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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Mch 31.1, immat grans 0.04, carb dioxide total 20.7, glucose serum 103, alt(sgpt)61, ast(sgot)46. Barrett Esophagus, Thyroid Nodule, Migraines, PFO. ?

Mch 31.1, immat grans 0.04, carb dioxide total 20.7, glucose serum 103, alt(sgpt)61, ast(sgot)46. Barrett Esophagus, Thyroid Nodule, Migraines, PFO. ?

Sketchy picture: Kindly consult your doctor, or call for a virtual consult on HealthTap to put the whole picture together, make a diagnosis and manage your symptoms ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules and I'm having a lot of thick phlegm. Also I began having pain that goes down to esophagus and up to the ear. Is that normal?

I have thyroid nodules and I'm having a lot of thick phlegm. Also I began having pain that goes down to esophagus and up to the ear. Is that normal?

Unrelated: Hi. Thyroid nodules and phlegm are unrelated. What is your thyroid function? I assume if you were hyperthyroid, you'd tell us. Pain to esophagus? That's not very specific. Some thyroid nodules are cancerous. The workup depends on several variables including size and echogenic characteristics. To directly answer your question, thyroid nodules, thick phlegm, and pain in esophagus are not normal. ...Read more

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Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later.Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Less than 1cm hypoechoic thyroid nodule disappeared one month later.Dr said 1st ultrasound wasn't overread. How'd it disappear?

Thyroid nodule: Thyroid cysts can certainly come/go. The quality of ultrasounds, the interpretation, and the definition of a "nodule" can vary. Hashimoto's can cause a patchy pattern that can look like a nodule. Certainly a small nodule that is so transient is not something to worry about. An endocrinologist should be able to interpret things. ...Read more

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I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

Hot or cold: Thyroid nuclear scan usually with iodine 123 will show whether nodule is active (hot, increased uptake, or nonactive (cold, decreased uptake).More cold nodules are cancer.For patients presenting with thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm. In diameter (up to 20% will be malignant). They should be carefully evaluated, and managed. If greater than 1 cm. Should be closely followed or biopsied. ...Read more

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U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

Thyroid nodules are: Common. Many people get thyroid nodules and people tend to get more as they get older. The majority (90-95%) are not cancer. Addison's is a problem with adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol levels and unrelated to thyroid nodules. ...Read more

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Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?

It should be Ok: Most thyroid nodules are either benign or very slow growing. So a recheck in 6 months to 12 months later is quite reasonable. ...Read more

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7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

It's OK: Thyroid nodules are very very common and a 1 year follow up for a 7mm nodule is fine. I would not worry at all if i were you. Sounds like your doctor is doing the right thing. ...Read more

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Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Not necessarily: A 7 mm thyroid nodule is considered well under the 1 cm size at which we start to be more concerned. The endocrinologist didn't even see one when you followed up. I would not recommend any planned follow up with imaging. Other favors are important like your family history of thyroid problems, exposure to ionizing radiation, thyroid function tests, & thyroid antibodies. Ask endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule right side, fna = benign. Some growth on 6 mo u/s. No further growth on 12 mo u/s but small new nodule on left side. Significant?

Thyroid nodule right side, fna = benign. Some growth on 6 mo u/s. No further growth on 12 mo u/s but small new nodule on left side. Significant?

Likely benign : Most thyroid nodules are benign. To put things in perspective up to 67% of the general population evaluated with ultrasound will have an incidental thyroid nodule. However, without knowing your history, risk factors (family history, history of radiation exposure), and specific imaging features of your thyroids nodules - it's very difficult to get into specifics. Consult with your radiology doctor! ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules shrink?

Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule. ...Read more

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What can thyroid nodules mean?

What can thyroid nodules mean?

Depends: Thyroid nodules are very common in the population, especially in women. Most are benign. Biopsy is indicated if they are larger than 1 cm in size and mostly solid. Thyroid function should also be assessed. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

In certain cases: Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery. Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Not necessarily: The main risk from multiple thyroid nodules is that it can be impossible to adequately biopsy all the nodules, as is possible with fewer or solitary nodules. This could make it harder to diagnose the nature of a given nodule, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid nodules?

Masses in thyroid: Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be evaluated by your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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How is a thyroid nodule treated?

How is a thyroid nodule treated?

Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or signs associated with that nodule. In truth, the treatment for any thyroid nodule is very individualized and impossible to generalize further. ...Read more

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Is kelp harmful for thyroid nodules?

No: Kelp is not harmful for anyone unless they are allergic to it or it is taken in excessive amounts. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a thyroid nodule?

See your doctor: If you have a thyroid nodule, you need the proper evaluation with a history, physical exam, and proper testing. It may be something that can be treated medically. It might even need surgery. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...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


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more