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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodule go away on its own?

Unlikely: Thyroid nodules are common. Most are benign but some can be cancerous, so monitoring and follow up are advised to tell the difference. Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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What is the mechanism by which thyroid nodules might go away?

What is the mechanism by which thyroid nodules might go away?

They usually don't: There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them, nor do they usually go away. Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroid nodules go down jn size?

Yes: Thyroid nodules can either increase in size, decrease in size or stay the same size over time. A thyroid nodule that decreases in size is likely nothing to worry about. Read more

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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?

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

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Should I go back to the doctor if my thyroid nodule is bothering me?

Enlarging: Nodules may need reevaluation and follow up ultrasound. I am not sure how the nodule is bothering you. When in doubt its always a good idea to check in with your doctor. Read more

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Thyroid nodules (hot or cold)? How can you tell which is which?

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

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Can thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

Can thyroid nodules be removed without having to remove the thyroids?

Not usually: We do not recommend removing just the nodule. The recurrence risk is high and the secondary operation is more dangerous due to scarring. Typically we remove one half of the thyroid (lobectomy) or the whole thing (total thyroidectomy) depending on the specific pathology. Read more

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Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

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

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Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Yes: Some radiologists and endocrinologists have been injecting nodules with alcohol to shrink them. It is very painful but it usually works. Thyroid hormone does not usually shrink most nodules. Read more

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Would I be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Would I be able to have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

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

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Medicine for thyroid nodule?

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

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How is a thyroid nodule treated?

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

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Are cold thyroid nodules cancerous?

Are cold thyroid nodules cancerous?

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

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How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

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

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Is kelp harmful for thyroid nodules?

No: Kelp is not harmful for anyone unless they are allergic to it or it is taken in excessive amounts. Read more

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What does a thyroid nodule look like?

What does a thyroid nodule look like?

It depends: Thyroid nodules can be filled with fluid, solid tissue or calcified. Depending on how you look at them, ct, mri, us, they can have varying appearances. Read more

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What to do if I have a thyroid nodule?

See your doctor: If you have a thyroid nodule, you need the proper evaluation with a history, physical exam, and proper testing. It may be something that can be treated medically. It might even need surgery. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Read more

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Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

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

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What do they do to scan my thyroid nodule?

What do they do to scan my thyroid nodule?

It's an ultrasound: The best test is a thyroid u/s. They put some gel over your neck and place a wand on top of the gel and move it around your neck. Painless procedure. Read more

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