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Doctor insights on: Substernal Thyroid Clavicle

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Dr. William Singer
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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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Painless large soft swelling above l clavicle for 4 mos. No palpable nodes there but 3 hard fixed nodes below l ear, normal size. Related? Thyroid ok.

Painless large soft swelling above l clavicle for 4 mos. No palpable nodes there but 3 hard fixed nodes below l ear, normal size. Related? Thyroid ok.

Yes: A painless mass at your clavicle should be investigated. You should see your physician as soon as possible as this could be something very serious. ...Read more

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Painful lump above right clavicle, no infection per blood tests. Another lump beside thyroid-not painful. What should I do next?

Painful lump above right clavicle, no infection per blood tests.  Another lump beside thyroid-not painful.  What should I do next?

Biopsy and ?Xray-u/s: Blood test may not be able to tell much, but a biopsy can. You may need a chest xray (possibly a ct of chest/neck as well) and likelly a thyroid ultrasound (u/s). You may need to biopsy of both lumps. Consult doc for further evaluation. Good luck and i wish you well. ...Read more

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I feel a pea lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

I feel a pea  lump on lower neck left side above clavicle. It seems to be getting smaller but not sure. Discover 10 days ago. I had. Thyroid cancer 2y?

Not to worry: I t may be just a lymp node that reacts with some inflammation within that area, and it is getting smaller.But you need to see your doctor for proper evaluation. You also need to follow up with your oncologist /or endo. Doc about your thyroid cancer regularly. ...Read more

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Holding neck straight upward, there is a small lump approx. 1 inch above collarbone directly on top of sternomastoid. Thyroid or jugular lymph node?

Holding neck straight upward, there is a small lump approx. 1 inch above collarbone directly on top of sternomastoid. Thyroid or jugular lymph node?

Just a guess: If it's very superficial, likely neither. If directly deep to the muscle, it's probably a lymph node (unless your thyroid is very large). Dozens of nodes are present in the neck, and it can be normal to be able to feel a few. If it's new, enlarging, over about 1cm, firm, or if you have a history of cancer or are simply just concerned, it is never inappropriate to see a doctor (ent, etc.). ...Read more

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Mri & ultrasound found retrosternal, mixed density, inhomogeneous, moderately vascular complex thyroid nodule from mid to lower pole. What's it mean?

Mri & ultrasound found retrosternal, mixed density, inhomogeneous, moderately vascular complex thyroid nodule from mid to lower pole. What's it mean?

A word of caution.: Many physicians perform fine-needle aspiration biopsy; the use of ultrasound will increase the likelihood of biopsying the correct location within the thyroid. There is a significant false negative rate of biopsy even with ultrasound, and the intrepretation of the biopsy varies a great deal based on the experience of the pathologist. Do not base any medical decision solely on the biopsy results. ...Read more

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