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Posterior Thyroid Nodule Pressing On Esophagus
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
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
Where is the posterior right thyroid? Is it the same place as the lower right? Two ultrasounds for thyroid nodule 3 years apart. Are these the same location?
Thyroid: Yes. Probably more lateral inferior area.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Yes if ignore it: See your doctor, after evaluation, possible FNA biopsy then you don't you don't have to be concerned. ...Read more
Not the best questn: Your better question is what steps to you need to take to increase you chance of survival with this process. Close and honest discussions with your treatment team can provide you the best answers. ...Read more
Most Are Benign: Doctors' don't "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems. Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for ca they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more. ...Read more
Not really: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland. Some people with hashimoto's form nodules and some don't. There is no way to prevent the nodules from forming, if they are going to do so. ...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 more
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