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Help please! could calcified thyroid goiters can become cancer?

Help please! could calcified thyroid goiters can become cancer?

Usually not: The rate of cancer arising in these idiopathic goiters is surprisingly low, though the cancers themselves are hard to find. If there is a dominant mass in the enlarged gland, it should be checked. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

Cancer risk: Each nodule has a 5% chance of cancer. Your nodules are large and should be evaluated (biopsy). Keep in mind that the bigger the nodule, the higher the risk that the biopsy will come back negative (benign) although the cancer is still there (false negative). You are very young and if the nodules are causing some compressive symptoms now, surgery might be a good option for you. ...Read more

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Would there be a reason to remove your thyroid gland without you having cancer or a goiter?

Would there be a reason to remove your thyroid gland without you having cancer or a goiter?

Yes: Thyroid cancers especially in adults must be resected. Younger patients do better even if tumor has spread to nodes. Goiters getting large can obstruct the breathing passages and may need surgery, but a small solitary adenoma of the thyroid that is benign but cold in terms of isotope uptake should be removed because of the high conversion rate to malignancy over time. ...Read more

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Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Is thyroiditis (based on u/s that showed borderline thyroid enlargement /goiter) related to thyroid cancer? If no nodes were seen? Have globus symptom

Globus: You started with a globus sensation which may be due to an anxiety disorder. You had a thyroid U/S done which sounds to be NORMAL. thyroiditis is not diagnosed on ultrasound, its based on hormone levels. You have no goiter or nodules. You have a normal exam. You need to address the globus. You can get an ENT exam with laryngopharyngoscopy and talk to your doctor about treating anxiety or OCD. ...Read more

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Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Not necessary: You have a very common benign condition. While removing it "prophylacticly" may seem reasonable every single procedure or operation carries with it significant risk such as bleeding, infection, damage to adjacent structures, etc... So you and your doctors need to weigh the risk and benefit of this procedure. Under the circumstances few would agree to remove. ...Read more

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Sono showed dominant nodule is a heterogeneous nodule. Evidence of hypoechoic on left and right lobes. Multinodular goiter with all nodules over 1cm. Can this be thyroid cancer.

Sono showed dominant nodule is a heterogeneous nodule. Evidence of hypoechoic on left and right lobes. Multinodular goiter with all nodules over 1cm. Can this be thyroid cancer.

No: Cancer of the thyroid is rarely ever seen in a moltinodular goiter The malignant lesion starts as a solitary adenoma that is cold on scan. If such a lesion noted, even if benign there is a 30% conversion to carcinoma. It is recommended that all cold solitary nodules be removed and pathology defined at the time of removal, not by needle bx. Goitres that are multinodular are never biopsied. ...Read more

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I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side. 1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied? No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer, an

I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side.  1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied?  No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer,  an

If these are: discrete nodules, next step is fine needle aspiration. Depending on the size of the thyroid gland and other studies, you might need to undergo thyroidectomy. Consult with your endocrinologist for specific advice. Chances of these being cancer is probably low. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

Needs to be checked: Goiter is due to enlargement of the Thyroid Gland and can be associated with Hyperthyroidism.Hypothyroidism,Normal Thyroid Functions.Nodular Goiter can sometimes be due to Cancer ...Read more

Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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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