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I have 8 small thyroid nodules and have had a chronic cough 4-5 months. Should I be concerned?

I have 8 small thyroid nodules and have had a chronic cough 4-5 months. Should I be concerned?

Thyroid nodules: 35 F notes I have 8 small thyroid nodules and cough 5 months. Asks: Should I be concerned? ANS: I would think the two are not likely related. Depending on what you call small. If ones you can feel then may be related. So ask your Dr to investigate the cause of your cough. A common cause is what is called an ACE cough if you are taking an ACE inhibitor. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Dont know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful.  Dont know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Get evaluated: An indication to remove the thyroid due to a nodule is if it's already causing compressive symptoms. However, you need to get an ultrasound first to make sure it's a thyroid module causing your complaint and not something else. ...Read more

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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...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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Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?

It should be Ok: Most thyroid nodules are either benign or very slow growing. So a recheck in 6 months to 12 months later is quite reasonable. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

Hot or cold: Thyroid nuclear scan usually with iodine 123 will show whether nodule is active (hot, increased uptake, or nonactive (cold, decreased uptake).More cold nodules are cancer.For patients presenting with thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm. In diameter (up to 20% will be malignant). They should be carefully evaluated, and managed. If greater than 1 cm. Should be closely followed or biopsied. ...Read more

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U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

Thyroid nodules are: Common. Many people get thyroid nodules and people tend to get more as they get older. The majority (90-95%) are not cancer. Addison's is a problem with adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol levels and unrelated to thyroid nodules. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...Read more

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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more

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Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

No: 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. ...Read more

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Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Yes: Some of the nodules could be hyperactive and cause hyperthyroidism( increase production of thyroid hormones). ...Read more

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I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more

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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

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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What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found, thyroid labs are done and ultrasound is used to evaluate. Those over 1 cm often get biopsied with fine needle aspiration biopsy. Luckily, about 95% of nodules are benign. ...Read more

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How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

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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Could thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Yes: Radio iodine is a labeled form of iodine that localizes in thyroid tissue. If the dose of radiation delivered partially shrinks the nodule there is still functioning thyroid tissue which can be further treated. ...Read more

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What is a circumscribed thyroid nodule exactly?

It depends: Circumscribed, on an ultrasound report, describes how distinct the border is between the nodule and the normal thyroid tissue. It would usually be preceded by "well" for nodules with sharp outlines, or "poorly" for nodules with blurred outlines. ...Read more

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What is the cause of this benign thyroid nodule?

Several things: 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

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Can medication shrink cancerous thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink cancerous thyroid nodules?

Yes: Some medications can do that but surgery is typically recommended first to take them out. ...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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Are all thyroid nodules cancerous? Can you share some sources?

Are all thyroid nodules cancerous? Can you share some sources?

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

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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 found out I have thyroid Nodule and it feels like it growing, why is it growing. ?

Can't feel: Hi. I've dealt with thyroid nodules my whole career, both benign and malignant. Yo can't feel a nodule grow. Have your doctor do a needle aspiration biopsy if indicated, respond accordingly, and follow size with ultrasound if benign. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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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