Doctor insights on:
Thyroid Nodule Will It Go Away On Its Own
My boy is 2 year and 8 month old. He was found having a 4~6 mm thyroid nodule under ultrosound exam. I’m so worried. Is there any chance it go away?
Please go back to the pediatrician and discuss whether or not treatment is needed.
Hope all goes well - keep me informed please. ...Read more
I saw 25 doctors for a 3mm thyroid nodule-- every dr said the same thing - benign. But I couldn't stop going to appts. What's wrong with me?
Somatoform illness: You may be suffering from a type of somatoform disorder known as hypochondriasis, which involves excessive worry about having a serious illness. It might help to discuss your worries and anxiety with a therapist to help you understand the reasons for your concerns and help you to cope better with your persistent fears if medical workups have all been negative. ...Read more
Images: "hot" or "cold" is a term related to the appearance on nuclear medicine imaging. A "hot" nodule is one that is too active, and secretes hormone, but benign. A cold nodule takes up less tracer. About 20% of these are malignant, and so they are biopsied. Cysts will also show up cold as they are fluid rather than tissue, so this study should be interpreted along side an ultrasound. ...Read more
Generally not: Look for other causes. One uncommon cause is vocal cord dysfunction, which can feel just like an asthma attack, but is not relieved with inhalers. Esophageal spasm is another cause. Getting stuck on a preconceived diagnosis prevents the proper one from being made. See your doc, and describe your symptoms in detail to him, in order for the proper diagnosis to be made. ...Read more
Depends on type:
If cancer, surgical removal and then treatment, possibly with radioactive iodine. If benign, but causing hyperthyroidism, then treat with radioactive iodine, antithyroid medicines, or possibly surgery.
If benign and not causing symptoms, can watch closely (after benign biopsy) or use thyroid medicine to suppress growth of the nodule. If it causes symptoms (trouble swallowing), surgery. ...Read more
Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more
Complicated question: Most nodules are initially treated with a biopsy. Additional therapy, if any, will depend on the results of that biopsy and any other symptoms or signs associated with that nodule. In truth, the treatment for any thyroid nodule is very individualized and impossible to generalize further. ...Read more
Only occassionally: While almost all thyroid cancers are cold, so are most benign nodules. If the nodule is hot, it is extremely rare for it to be cancer. If it is cold and looks suspicious on an ultrasound performed or at least interpreted by a very experienced clinician, it should be biopsied to see if surgery is necessary. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery. ...Read more
Variables: Radioactive Iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism tends to have a much higher success rate than medications. Depending on the dose of radioactive iodine chosen, and the disease under treatment (Grave's vs toxic goitre, vs hot nodule etc), success rate in achieving definitive resolution of the hyperthyroidism may vary from 75-100%. A major expected side effect of radioactive iodine in hypothyroidism ...Read more
It could be a colloid cyst - an accumulation of thyroid hormone. It could be a benign adenoma - an area of thyroid gland that is growing slightly differently/faster than the rest of the gland.
Most physicians follow benign thyroid nodules to see if they are growing or changing, which may necessitate another biopsy. ...Read more
Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...Read more
Yes if ignore it: See your doctor, after evaluation, possible FNA biopsy then you don't you don't have to be concerned. ...Read more
Not recommended: Ata guidelines recommend against use of thyroid meds for thids purpose. Causes other medical problems and found not to be beneficial. ...Read more
No: Not all thyroid nodules are cancerous. Depending on the evaluation which includes lab testing and radiologic tests, thyroid nodules can be determined fairly accurately as to whether they are cancerous or not cancerous. However, it is possible that surgery might be required in order to fully assess the nature of a thyroid nodule. Please see your doctor for the proper evaluation. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor online
- Will bppv go away on its own
- Will epididymitis go away on its own
- Will pericoronitis go away on its own
- Will gonorrhea go away on its own
- Will a hydrocele go away on its own
- Does syphilis go away on its own?
- Does ibs go away on its own?
- Will pink eye go away on its own
- Will chlamydia go away on its own