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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.

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

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I have thyroid nodules and I'm having a lot of thick phlegm. Also I began having pain that goes down to esophagus and up to the ear. Is that normal?

I have thyroid nodules and I'm having a lot of thick phlegm. Also I began having pain that goes down to esophagus and up to the ear. Is that normal?

Unrelated: Hi. Thyroid nodules and phlegm are unrelated. What is your thyroid function? I assume if you were hyperthyroid, you'd tell us. Pain to esophagus? That's not very specific. Some thyroid nodules are cancerous. The workup depends on several variables including size and echogenic characteristics. To directly answer your question, thyroid nodules, thick phlegm, and pain in esophagus are not normal. ...Read more

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Bilateral thyroid nodules?

See ENT surgeon.: You may need an ultrasound guided biopsy. ...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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Are thyroid nodules moveable?

Part of the gland: They will move upward with the rest of the gland when you swallow, and you can move them just as you can move your larynx and trachea once you know your way around your neck. Your physician can help you make the distinction from a lymph node or other mass. ...Read more

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How and how come thyroid nodules form?

Luck of the draw: Some thyroid nodules are the result of radiation exposure (like chernobyl}. Many people form colloid cysts which are incidental and of no significance. Some may have a family history for a tendency of thyroid tumors. Whatever the cause, they need to be properly evaluated. ...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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What are some causes of thyroid nodules?

Most: Thyroid nodules are benign some however can be cancerous. If you have a lump in your thyroid it should be followed closely by your doctor. Most benign thyroid nodules occur spontaneously without any known cause. As often happens with organs that have a secretory function (ie ovaries)fluid filled inclusions can form and grow. Follow-up with your treating physician. ...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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What should you eat if you have thyroid nodules?

Does not matter: Eating is not likely to have an effect on thyroid nodules. You should seek medical attention and find out the cause of the nodules. Then your doctor can treat the cause and thus help you and guide you properly. ...Read more

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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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What is the management of a thyroid nodule?

Depends: If it is solid in ultrasound a biopsy can be done. This can be done with a needle. If it is growing, might as well remove it. If it is symptomatic remove it. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule grew from 9 to 9.9 mm in 6 months should I be concerned?

Thyroid nodule: I am not sure that the ultrasound can actually detect accurately such a small change. Were there lymph nodes? Are there other nodules? Is there concomitant Hashimotos? What is your TSH? Many questions. You should see someone (perhaps an endocrinologist) who can biopsy the nodule, if it looks like something worth a biopsy. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules same as goiter?

Are thyroid nodules same as goiter?

Nodules and goiter: A nodule is a knot. You can have 1 or multiple in the thyroid. Goiter means an enlarged thyroid. Hence, you can have multiple nodules causing what is known as a mulitnodular goiter. ...Read more

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What is a exophytic thyroid nodule?

Thyroid: Exophytic refers to a nodule that sticks out of the normal thyroid boundary/outline. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Sometimes: The diagnosis of thyroid cancer is generally made by biopsying a thyroid nodule, but most nodules are not cancerous and many do not need to be biopsied. The best thing to do is to be examined by somebody who is very experienced in this area. ...Read more

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Can benign thyroid nodule turn cancerous?

Can benign thyroid nodule turn cancerous?

No: Thyroid nodules need to be fully evaluated, with ultrasound and bloodwork. Usually an endocrinologist is involved. A biopsy or fine needle aspiration is sometimes done. It is unlikely that a proven benign thyroid nodule will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Does 4.5cm thyroid nodule require surgery?

It may: But the first step for a solid nodule of this size is usually fine needle biopsy. If the nodule is benign surgery may still be needed if the nodule causes problems with swallowing or other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

Fewer echoes on US: Hypoechoic describes the appearance of a nodule on ultrasound (us). It refers to a nodule that reflects back fewer sound waves compared to the normal thyroid tissue around it. While most thyroid cancers are hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are not cancers. But a hypoechoic nodule may have a slightly higher risk of being a cancer than other nodules. ...Read more

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Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Yes: It depends on the type of thyroid cancer. Papillary, follcular, and medullary thyroid cancers are typically slow growing. Anaplastic thyroid cancer are very fast growing. Fortunately, this type of cancer is very rare. ...Read more

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Could I die from a malignant thyroid nodule?

Could I die from a malignant thyroid nodule?

Not the best questn: Your better question is what steps to you need to take to increase you chance of survival with this process. Close and honest discussions with your treatment team can provide you the best answers. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid nodule affect your singing voice?

Yes: If it's big enough, it can cause compressive symptoms and affect your voice. ...Read more

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Is it common for teens to have a thyroid nodule?

Not common: Teens can have all the thyroid conditions that older people have, but these conditions are much more rare among teens. Isolated benign nodules, multinodular goiters and thyroid cancer can all occur in this age group and need to be appropriately evaluated and treated...Just like an adult. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Thyroid nodules: No, most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. A thyroid ultrasound is very sensitive at picking up tiny and often insignificant nodules. There are some features of thyroid nodules that make them more suspicious, such as large solitary "cold" ones, and other features. The best person to evaluate is an Endocrinologist who does his/her own U/S guided biopsies. ...Read more

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Is my thyroid nodule "fast growing" and cancerous?

Is my thyroid nodule "fast growing" and cancerous?

Could be: Rapid growth of known thyroid nodule could be malignant, or bleed into the nodule, see your doctor to find the cause (and to treat). ...Read more

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What does a thyroid nodule in the right lobe mean?

What does a thyroid nodule in the right lobe mean?

Very common...: And most patients have them by the time they are elderly. The vast majority are benign. Please see your physician to review/obtain blood work, physical examination and any necessary imaging. Some nodules need to be biopsied to determine if it is benign. Your physician can work out an appropriate plan to manage your thyroid nodule. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

No: The majority of lumps in the thyroid when noted to be multiple on scan represent the condition "multinodular goiter" These are almost always benign. When a solitary lesion is present that is "cold" on isotope scan, this is suspicious for possible malignancy and should always be removed. Bx has a certain degree of error especially if a follicular lesion looking benign has invaded capsule. ...Read more

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Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Evaluation: A growing nodule should undergo a fine needle aspiration under ultrasound. If positive for cancer, then proceed to surgery. If negative, it should be followed serially with ultrasound to track for changes. If no changes on subsequent ultrasounds and it's not causing breathing or swallowing problem, you might not need to do anything. ...Read more

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Can a solid thyroid nodule shrink in size on its own?

Yes: Yes, it can shrink. Most solid nodules are adenomas and are benign. If it shrinks that is a good sign...It is. Likely benign.
It is the ones that get larger or are large when they are first found that need closer assessment. In this case a biopsy may be needed to assess more closely.
Btw thyroid nodules are pretty common. ...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 ca 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

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. Milroy Samuel
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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