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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Thyroid Nodules (Overview)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be evaluated by your endocrinologist.


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How large does a thyroid nodule have to be for doctors to decide to operate. The thyroid blood tests came out negative. My thyroid is normal but I have a 2.2 x0.76x.99cm nodule on the right lobe and a .48 nodule on left. Will the dr. Decide to ope

How large does a thyroid nodule have to be for doctors to decide to operate. The thyroid blood tests came out negative. My thyroid is normal but I have a 2.2 x0.76x.99cm nodule on the right lobe and a .48 nodule on left. Will the dr. Decide to ope

Yes, biopsy: If the report didn't say that this is a cyst, then you should get a fine needle biopsy. If negative, it can be followed with serial ultrasound as long as it is not causing problem swallowing or breathing now. If the mass grows on subsequent ultrasound, you can then re biopsy or just proceed with surgery. In any case, keep close eye on the mass, at least once/year with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Whitman
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Thyroid Nodules (Overview)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be evaluated by your endocrinologist.


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Is a hypervascular thyroid nodule symptom for thyroid infection?

Is a hypervascular thyroid nodule symptom for thyroid infection?

Typically, no: Usually, if there is an infection in the thyroid, like an abscess, it will be centrally avascular. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules?

What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules?

Varies: Most thyroid nodules have no associated symptoms. However, some nodules can cause symptoms like pain, pressure, coughing, swallowing problems, voice changes, or other associated sensations such as fatigue. ...Read more

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Is being hoarse a more serious sign when thyroid nodules are discovered? Thyroid test was fine, biopsy is scheduled. Should i be worried? Dr seems ok.

Is being hoarse a more serious sign when thyroid nodules are discovered? Thyroid test was fine, biopsy is scheduled. Should i be worried? Dr seems ok.

Don't be worried: But do get a biopsy. Being hoarse is a concern,, and if it persists, get an ENT evaluation -- but the biopsy and lab results are more important now. Good luck. ...Read more

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Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Possibly: Thyroid nodules are notoriously difficult to interpret biopsy results, because the nodules themselves are often "complex" meaning non-uniform, and thus one portion may look benign while the other malignant,. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with thyroid nodules! Is this serious? What can I do?

I was just diagnosed with thyroid nodules! Is this serious? What can I do?

Follow-up: If you have not had one then I would have a thyroid ultrasound performed. Any nodule 1 cm or greater should biopsied. Be sure to have your thyroid hormone blood levels checked as well. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules common?

Are thyroid nodules common?

Yes: Thyroid nodules occur in up to 50% of the worlds population. Modern ultrasound equipment can detect very small nodules that were not detectable with older machines. Only about 5% of nodules are cancerous. Nodules tend to increase in frequency as one matures. ...Read more

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A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My?

A fine needle aspiration(fna) test of my thyroid nodule -(1.8cm) came back with "suspicious for malignancy" (category 5) result here in australia. My?

Ask a Pathologist: Fine needle aspirations are difficult to interpret since the amount of tissue taken is very small. In your particular case the prase "suspicious for malignancy" is strongly suggestive of cancer by the pathologist. A final veredict would be to get another bigger sample or go for exploratory surgery with the intent to perform the subtotal thyroidectomy as a treatment for the cancer. Ask endocrine. ...Read more

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What are the tests for thyroid nodules?

What are the tests for thyroid nodules?

TSH ultrasound: Tsh (blood test) to check thyroid function, ultrasound to characterise the nodule (how many, size, solid vs. Cyst, suspicion for malignancy), fine needle aspiration (fna) for suspicious nodules. ...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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Dry mouth and dry blood on tongue and bloody phlegm. Can it be caused from thyroid nodule? Have been diagnosed with a 1cm nodule calcified within.

Not related: Thyroid calcifications will not bleed into the oral cavity. Dry mouth (and likely dry throat and nasal passages) will often result in blood from the gums or the delicate tissues of the nose. A bloody nose can reveal itself inwardly ("post-nasal drip") or externally when the nose is blown. Have your. ...Read more

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What is a right thyroid hypodense nodule mean? I understand thyroid nodule but what is hypodense

Decreased echoes: Ultrasound exam of thyroid gland can show nodules of decreased echogenicity (hypo dense or hypo echoic)), increased echogenicity (hyper dense or hyper echoic) or mixed with areas of both imaging qualities. Hypodense has usually more consistency of fluid like cyst and hyper dense more like solid tumor. ...Read more

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What medications treat follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

What medications treat follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

None: Medications are not used to treat follicular thyroid nodules. Usually they are observed only or removed surgically. ...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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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up — if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience w/ treatment of thyroid nodules?

Many factors: Thyroid nodules are usually evaluated with ultrasounds and blood tests. Biopsies may also be done. Ultimately the treatment for a thyroid nodule depends on many factors, inlcuding a complete physical examination, that are best assessed by your physician. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for thyroid nodules?

Most Are Benign: Doctors' don't "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems. Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for can they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more. ...Read more

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What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

As above : Obviously u r concerned, to reduce u anxiety ask u treating physician, that way in the future u can get used to ask any question u may have. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent thyroid nodules when you have hasimoto?

Not really: Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland. Some people with hashimoto's form nodules and some don't. There is no way to prevent the nodules from forming, if they are going to do so. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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