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Thyroid Nodules And Lupus
Went in for followup u/s for left thyroid nodule. Came back as nothing on left but new nodule on right. Worried they got the sides mixed up. Possible?
Not likely: Ultrasound exams are performed by trained technicians and supervised by physicians on site, so a mix up is unlikely. It is, however, common for many people to have multinodular goiter, meaning many cysts on both sides of the gland. These are usually benign & require no further evaluation. If concerned, a needle biopsy can be performed.
Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?
7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said I could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.
It's OK: Thyroid nodules are very very common and a 1 year follow up for a 7mm nodule is fine. I would not worry at all if I were you. Sounds like your doctor is doing the right thing.
Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do I need another u/s? If so, when?
Not necessarily: A 7 mm thyroid nodule is considered well under the 1 cm size at which we start to be more concerned. The endocrinologist didn't even see one when you followed up. I would not recommend any planned follow up with imaging. Other favors are important like your family history of thyroid problems, exposure to ionizing radiation, thyroid function tests, & thyroid antibodies. Ask endocrinologist.
In certain cases: Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery. Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination.See 2 more doctor answers
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).See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Yes they can.: Thyroid nodules often contain liquid colloid, which may get reabsorbed.