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Should I Have A Thryoid Nodule Removed
I had most of my Thyroid removed in 2012 precancerous. Now they said I have a 5mm nodule on my left side. My dr. Said to follow up in In a year?
You're worried.: I can understand why. If your doctor did an ultrasound and saw the nodule, it's probably OK to wait. An ultrasound is pretty good at telling if a nodule is benign. You didn't have thyoid cancer when you had your thyroid removed, which is great, and the reason I'm not worried. But if you didn't have an ultrasound, it might be worth a 2nd opinion about getting one. ...Read more
In 2008 partial right side thyroid removed due to a single nodule that turned out to be benign. Now have fast growing nodules bilaterally, concerning?
See endocrinologist: Thyroid nodules, especially in a young person, need to be evaluated carefully, with ultrasound and possible biopsy. Sometimes, autoimmune thyroid disease (eg hashimotos/graves) can give a nodular appearance, and if so you don't need surgery. Best to see your endocrinologist for evaluation. If surgery is needed, you need an experienced thyroid surgeon. ...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
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
Am having the front and right side of thyroid removed due to nodules, won't be on thyroxin as i'll still have left side, will I put on weight?
Can one hav pain with a swollen thyroid lft side no nodule sono showed, rght side removed 10yrs ago. If so what can I take? I'm on no thyroid meds.
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2005 papilary. Thyroid removed. 2006 recurr right side thyroid bed. Today new nodule r thyroid bed. Hypochoic avascular. 0.3x0.2x0.2cm. What to do?
I have a 3.75 cm nodule on my thyroid it has not grown since 2013 I had biopsy in 2010 and 2013 both were non cancerous dr said should have it removed?
Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...Read more
If one-4 cm and two tiny benign thyroid nodules were removed 11 years ago, what are chances new nodules are malignant?
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
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
Should I consider surgery to removed Thyroid Gland with nodule (4.30cm×6.06cm×5.75cm)+ others not as big. W/several cystic areas? Non benign/cont. Growth
Thyroid nodules: This is a large nodule. What is meant by "non benign"? Has it been biopsied? Presumably this is "cold" on RAI scan and you are not hyperthyroid. There are many factors; talk to your endocrinologist. The main reasons for surgery would be 1. suspicion of cancer, 2. large nodule causing trouble swallowing/breathing. Surgery should be by an experienced thyroid surgeon (not just anyone). ...Read more
Are heterogeneous complex thyroid nodules degenerating adenomas and have to be removed if peripherally vascular?
A 2.3 CM solid nodule found on my thyroid on left lobe. No needle biopsy yet. Can I have the nodule only removed? Or is lobe removal the only way?
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?
6cm complex nodule on thyroid, a few calcifications, heterogenous. Are chances high this is malignant? Should it just be removed without FNA results?
May need an FNA: There are many (5) criteria for determining whether a thyroid nodule is at risk for malignancy, and whether FNA is indicated. Calcifications (specifically, microcalcifications), are just one. Additional specific criteria (not just being "complex"), such as echogenicity, margin description, is required to make a further determination. Perhaps you could enter the full report for a better answer. ...Read more
1.7 CM thyroid "isoechoic solid nodule" mid-lobe. 2 fnas both came back non-diagnostic. Told next step is my choice. Should I have the lobe removed?
Probably not...: The fact that 2 FNA's came back as non-diagnostic, and that it is isoechoic suggest that the nodule is most likely benign. I would suggest going to a different facility (with good reputation) and repeating the FNA. Alternatively, you can wait another 6 months or so and repeat the US. ...Read more
Single benign thyroid nodule removed 3 years ago, recent ultrasound now reveals multiple nodules on both sides of the thyroid. How worrisome is this?
Usually benign: Usually benign, would not worry, but if there are nodules >1.5 cm, would biopsy. ...Read more
Swelling after thyroid surgery 3 days ago, the left lobe (a 4 CM nodule was on it) and the isthmus? Was removed. The whole area (including right under my chin) is huge. Is this normal?
This: This is excessive swelling and should be seen asap. Typically an expanding hematoma (collection of blood in the wound bed where the thyroid lobe was removed) also causes excessive pain. If that is happening, see your surgeon right away. ...Read more
I had my thyroid removed because pf papillary cancer. Sonogram shows three nodules - all small and avascular hypoechoic. They have not grown.?
Lymph nodes: Your doctor is likely surveying for the presence of enlarged worrisome lymph nodes, but the fact that they're small, uniform and lacking vasculature associated with papillary thyroid carcinoma is less concerning. Depending on the extent and subtype of your disease, continued close clinical follow up by an endocrinologist with expertise in thyroid cancer will be useful for you. ...Read more
Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Don't know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?
I have had pleurisy now for 6 months. I was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule and will have it removed soon but my dr's say it is not causing pleurisy? What could be causing it? Also have chronic pain in knees and sciatica
I m 27y.O now with solitary right thyroid nodule for 2 yrs. Tsh normal, fnac- cystic degenaration. Ultrasound- 33x26x23mm. Should it b removed?
Not unless symptoms: Since the biopsy showed no cancerous cells, you can leave it alone unless it is continuing to grow larger or you develop symptoms affecting your speech or swallowing. Also, we are presuming that the biopsy targeted the correct area and the pathologist read the sample tissue accurately. ...Read more
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