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Doctor insights on: Trauma To The Neck Long Term Affect To The Thyroid

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Can neck trauma due to a car accident cause thyroid problems?

Can neck trauma due to a car accident cause thyroid problems?

Usually hemorrhage: Hemorrhage from trauma into normal thyroid gland is rare but can cause hoarseness and difficulty breathing if large mass effect. Diagnosis of thyroid gland hematoma can be made with laryngoscopy and cervical computed tomography. This can be treated conservatively with eventual decrease in size and improved clinical condition.Obviously need to be under doctor's supervision.Thyroid returns to normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


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3days ago i had thyroid biopsy.Stil hurts when i swallow, move neck and touch it.Like being poked with a needle.Normal?How long will it last?

3days ago i had thyroid biopsy.Stil hurts when i swallow, move neck and touch it.Like being poked with a needle.Normal?How long will it last?

A week or more: I presume that this was a needle bioopsy of the thyroid. I should heal in less than a week. Occasionally, a small amount of bleeding occurs where the biopsy needly was inserted. This can prolong the discomfort for an additional week. If the discomfort is decreasing, even if slowly, it's ok. If it is increasing, chek with the doctor who did the biopsy. ...Read more

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Radiation Head & Neck ended 4 mo ago thyroid TSH now 5.02 Levothyroxine 50mcg 2wks. Hair still falling. How long before hair stops falling out?

Radiation Head & Neck ended 4 mo ago thyroid TSH now 5.02 Levothyroxine 50mcg 2wks. Hair still falling. How long before hair stops falling out?

TSH 5.02: I can understand radiation of your thyroid gland in the neck but not radiation of your head. Are you sure that was done? If so you need to ask why. More likely only the thyroid imaging was performed - not radiation. Your TSH of 5.02 is a bit too high and you should probably be on a higher dose of levothyroxine. ...Read more

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Pain bottom r-rib area+constant occ. Severe unilat r-side lymph swell neck/arm/pit for 8 long mon. Ct=3.5cm thyroid mass-subtotal 3wks ago-dx papillary. Symptoms continue>can l-side pap mets to r-arm?

Pain bottom r-rib area+constant occ. Severe unilat r-side lymph swell neck/arm/pit for 8 long mon. Ct=3.5cm thyroid mass-subtotal 3wks ago-dx papillary. Symptoms continue>can l-side pap mets to r-arm?

Yes: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (if i understood the diagnosis correctly) may metastasize to lymph nodes on the same side of the body and on the opposite side as well. This particular type of cancer has a high rate of lymph node metastasis but the prognosis is still very good, especially in younger patients. It can also spread to other organs (lungs, bones, brain). Oncology consult is a must. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid cyst, 10 enlarged lymph nodes in neck & 8 in groin, lung scarring, high k, low na, lower wbc, hypotension & a long list of symptoms?

I have a thyroid cyst, 10 enlarged lymph nodes in neck & 8 in groin, lung scarring, high k, low na, lower wbc, hypotension & a long list of symptoms?

Internist: You're not going to get a diagnosis in an on-line forum. You obviously have a complicated problem that will require a comprehensive evaluation. If your local doctor can't help, seek help at an academic center with a general internist. You're only 113 miles from des moines. Ps, hi k and low na with low BP suggests addison's disease. ...Read more

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How can it be determined if a person has undergone blunt trauma to the neck/throat area versus 'atypical acid reflux' ? Would both show erosion?

How can it be determined  if a person has undergone blunt trauma to the neck/throat area versus 'atypical acid reflux' ?  Would both show erosion?

History is important: Well, the first logical answer would be, was there any 'blunt trauma to the neck/throat'? Acid reflux is usually treated with antacids or diagnosed with a test (a camera is inserted into the stomach). You should see your family practice physician if you have further questions. ...Read more

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I have the neck of 70. Year old and it's all got me very scared could something else be causing deterioration so fast like an old trauma?

I have the neck of 70. Year old and it's all got me very scared could something else be causing deterioration so fast like an old trauma?

Skin: have you had any skin infections? sometimes inflammation can cause some swelling under the chin that feels like its sagging a lot. weight loss could also cause more loose skin. if its aging then you can have a small lift done under the chin; there are also some laser and ultrasound treatments that get advertised a lot - but i think removing skin surgically is the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat neck trauma?

How do you treat neck trauma?

Depends: Depends on what was actually injured.. We could use more information to properly answer. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like neck trauma go away quickly?

Depends: That depends of the nature of the trauma and the extent of damage to the neck. The amount of damage is determined by the trajectory and amplitude of the energy applied to the neck at the time of trauma. If there is bony damage, it may take weeks to months to heal. Damage to the spinal cord my never resolve completely. Damage to the soft tissue resolves usually in days to weeks. ...Read more