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Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Evaluation: A growing nodule should undergo a fine needle aspiration under ultrasound. If positive for cancer, then proceed to surgery. If negative, it should be followed serially with ultrasound to track for changes. If no changes on subsequent ultrasounds and it's not causing breathing or swallowing problem, you might not need to do anything. ...Read more

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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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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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Thyroid nodule removed. Will another one grow back?

Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid nodule be determined hot or cold after it's removed?

No: You can tell if something is "hot" or "cold" on a thyroid scan. We use it to decide what to do with the nodule. Once it's removed, it doesn't matter if it's hot or cold. You will not be able to tell with certainty once it's removed. ...Read more

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If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?

Thyroid nodules: The chances of malignant nodules 11 years after removal of thyroid nodules is very unlikely. Have you experienced any issues 11 years after thyroid nodules removed? If yes, pl;ease see your doctor. If no, relax and enjoy. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

Can thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

Not usually: We do not recommend removing just the nodule. The recurrence risk is high and the secondary operation is more dangerous due to scarring. Typically we remove one half of the thyroid (lobectomy) or the whole thing (total thyroidectomy) depending on the specific pathology. ...Read more

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Should a 3.2 CM thyroid nodule with an inconclusive biopsy be removed simply because of size?

Should a 3.2 CM thyroid nodule with an inconclusive biopsy be removed simply because of size?

Maybe: Most "inconclusive" thyroid biopsies are fine needle biopsies (fnas). "inconclusive" ones are usually benign but occasionally are not, and this can only be established with a proper surgical excision and full pathology examination. This is the reason to remove a nodule...Not its size. ...Read more

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Finding thyroid expert ? Reading tells me large percentage of thyroid/nodules removed are benign. Medical papers refer to finding needle in haystack.

Finding thyroid expert ? Reading tells me large percentage of thyroid/nodules removed are benign. Medical papers refer to finding needle in haystack.

Cancer < 5%: Thyroid nodules are very common, especially as we get older. You are correct, most thyroid nodules removed are benign. There is a small risk of cancer in most nodules, but the risk goes up with significant medically history, like family history of thyroid cancer or history of neck radiation. ...Read more

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Are heterogeneous complex thyroid nodules degenerating adenomas and have to be removed if peripherally vascular?

Depends : Increased vasularuzation of thyroid nodule rises suspension fior malignanccy . In this case fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodule is needed to rule malignantncy. Otherwise nodules with this appearance on thyroid ultrasound are generally benign . ...Read more

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Dr wants 2.9cm complex inconclusive thyroid nodule that started out smaller than 1cm 7 years ago removed is 1 month too long to wait to see surgeon?

Thyroid Nodule : Have you had a fine needle Biopsy ? Is it a benign nodule or a cancer ? It depends on the answer to these two Questions as to weather you should wait or not . ...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


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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more