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Several years ago while removing a thryroid gland, the doctor clipped my vocal cord. My vocal cord is paralized. Doctor says it's in perfect location ?

Several years ago while removing a thryroid gland, the doctor clipped my vocal cord. My vocal cord is paralized. Doctor says it's in perfect location ?

Unclear question: Do you have any symptoms? If not, you may leave it alone. If you do, it would be useful to consult an ENT doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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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If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

If the umbilical cord was wrapped around my baby's neck does that mean he was suffocating in the womb?

No: Usually umbilical cords wrapped around the baby's neck in the uterus is loose, and only during the delivery is the cord stretched tighter. So the baby wasn't suffocating in the uterus. ...Read more

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I had carotid artery surgery 11 months ago.. Incision is from earlobe to collar bone . Everything to the front of the incision is still numb. Normal?

I had carotid artery surgery 11 months ago.. Incision is from earlobe to collar bone . Everything to the front of the incision is still numb. Normal?

Common: Numbness near a carotid artery surgery incision is quite common and does not indicate a problem this may last for a year or more, but, usually becomes less of an issue over time. It is due to the cutting of microscopic nerves to the skin and is most often a nuisance only. ...Read more

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Benign solid nodule growing fast. Normal TSH but pressing against my windpipe. Feeling dizzy and tired. Could the nodule cause it?

Benign solid nodule growing fast. Normal TSH but pressing against my windpipe. Feeling dizzy and tired. Could the nodule cause it?

Get eval!: Thyroid can get large enough to obstruct airway. Get checked asap! the more obstructed you are, the more difficult it is for your anesthesiologist to perform life-saving intubation. Ct usually good choice to evaluate. ...Read more

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Paralized left vocal cord from a fall did not injure neck or throat been 7 months with whisper of a voice. Whats the chance of it returning on it' own?

Paralized left vocal cord from a fall did not injure neck or throat been 7 months with whisper of a voice. Whats the chance of it returning on it' own?

Unlikely: However, there are surgical procedures that can improve your voice. There are many ENT doctors who are trained to operate on the larynx. Laryngoscopy is necessary to determine what kind of paralysis is present. The ENT doctor can then make a decision how to proceed. ...Read more

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Why is thyroid isthmus transected into two pieces?

Why is thyroid isthmus transected into two pieces?

Thyroid isthmus: Why is thyroid isthmus transected into two pieces? ANS: that is the way it evolved. No why that I know of. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous if the baby comes out with the cord wrapped around her neck?

Is it dangerous if the baby comes out with the cord wrapped around her neck?

Could be: I've had newborns with as many as 5 neck loops or up to 3 true knots in the umbilical cord all grow up & do fine. In both cases monitoring during labor produced heart rate changes that led to a cesarean delivery. Kids without stress patterns during labor have a loose loop & are unlikely to have problems. Sometimes the wrap prevents baby from delivering normally, holding them back like a yoyo. ...Read more

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After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

After the umbilical stump falls off, is the belly button opening supposed to close up? My 3 week old's fused shut. Should it be reopened?

Sounds pretty normal: Most cord stumps will separate by a week or so ant the site will seal over by a month.Your description sounds normal.If concerned, cal your docs office and see what they recommend. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is the esophagus or trachea closest to the aorta? When I move the trachea and have open airflow in my mouth it's wheezing.

Is the esophagus or trachea closest to the aorta? When I move the trachea and have open airflow in my mouth it's wheezing.

Trachea: It has relations to the trachea which is anterior to the esophagus. If concerned see your PCP for evaluation. ...Read more

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Developed hematoma on right side of the incision after total Thyroidectomy. 3 weeks after it feels like the hematoma has shifted towards the middle and pressing against my trachea. Is this normal for healing process? Can hematomas expand or grow?

Developed hematoma on right side of the incision after total Thyroidectomy. 3 weeks after it feels like the hematoma has shifted towards the middle and pressing against my trachea. Is this normal for healing process? Can hematomas expand or grow?

Hematoma: A hematoma after surgical procedure such as thyroidectomy is not considered a normal part of the healing process. It is considered a complication after surgery. Many hematomas need to be drained to avoid putting excessive pressure on the trachea. If you feel like it is expanding or enlarging , you do need to see your doctor as soon as possible or go to the ER. ...Read more

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Iam 32 i Removed half the thyroid gland because of a benign tumor 5yr fulicullar neoplasm now, I feeling the pulse in the throat when you lay hands?

 Iam 32 i Removed half the thyroid gland because of a benign tumor 5yr fulicullar neoplasm  now, I feeling the pulse in the throat when you lay hands?

Total thyroid: The lesion that you had removed 5yrs ago probable adenoma for which a new lesion developed in remaining gland. Bilat recur nerve dissection, attempt to save remaining parathyroids and completion of thyroidectomy needed following which RAI used. At your age high cure rate with total gland removal. ...Read more

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Wedge resection right lung 1/15/15. Still have chest tube in due to small air leak. Painful barking cough just started. What is it?

Wedge resection right lung 1/15/15.  Still have chest tube in due to small air leak. Painful barking cough just started.  What is it?

Nonspecific: Could be a normal reaction from the breathing tube you had during the surgery. Could also be an upper respiratory infection. Other than causing pain at the incision site, its probably not dangerous. Ask your doctor when he/she is making rounds, or at your next visit. Can try some cough suppressant in he mean time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

The : The thyroid gland should still work fine after this trauma. You can get blood tests to check it out. If your levels are off, low, you will need thyroid hormone supplement, a pill. I doubt that the strangling itself would cause hypothyroidism. You may have hashimoto thyroiditis which is not related to your trauma. Perhaps thyroid conditions run in your family. When taking a supplement use levothyroxine. See the link below regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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Can cilia in the lungs and bronchi remove tiny foreign objects over time? (specifically a tiny piece of my pasta may have gone down the wrong way.)

Can cilia in the lungs and bronchi remove tiny foreign objects over time? (specifically a tiny piece of my pasta may have gone down the wrong way.)

Cilia: The mucociliary elevator of the bronchi does allow for small particles to be moved up and out of the lungs. Something as large as a noodle probably will be stuck for a long time and you may need medical intervention. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What should you eat when you have hyper thyroidism?

What should you eat when you have hyper thyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: There are no food that reverse hyperthyroidism or make it worse. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid gland regrow on my larynx after being removed due to papillary cancer?

No: Unless there is recurrence of the tumor . You should see your physician if you are feeling lumps in the thyroid area. ...Read more

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Had 2 bone spurs removed in rotator cuff 5 months ago still painful to the touch. Is that normal?

Had 2 bone spurs removed in rotator cuff 5 months ago still painful to the touch. Is that normal?

Yes: It is very common to be tender to the touch where the bone was removed. By 5 months you should be relatively pain free with overhead activity and arm motion. ...Read more

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How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

Depends: The biggest risk is from damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs under the thyroid and controls the vocal cords. It depends on the patient's risk factors and the skill of the surgeon. However, despite that it can still occur as a transient injury in up to 5-8% of thyroid surgeries. It can also be permanent in up to 0.3-3% of thyroid surgeries. Being intubated can also contribute. ...Read more

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