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What is the cause of this benign thyroid nodule?

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

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


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If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

Yes: A large nodule can compress and deviate arteries/trachea causing breathing or swallowing problems. ...Read more

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What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

What can be done for constant horseness caused by thyroid nodules?

Not a good sign: Hoarseness due to thyroid nodules would worry me. I would advise check up by either ENT doctor or go see an endocrinologist who will know how to find out more about what is going on inside the thyroid gland and also why you have hoarseness. ...Read more

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Multiple thyroid nodules. Biobsy result 'sample bloody'. Wat does that mean? Should it be repeated?

Depends on size: If you have multiple small nodules less than 1 cm, it is often difficult to get adequate specimen, and it is more than likely that the pathologist will see only blood. Depending on the size and nature of your nodules, you may want to have a 6 month follow-up ultrasound or have a repeat if the nodule is large. ...Read more

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4cm thyroid nodule significantly decreasing in size within a week (now barely noticeable). What can cause this?

Bled into adenoma: That's my bet anyway. This is fairly common. Your physician may offer you imaging. This kind of neck lesion may be annoying enough to warrant removal. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Can thyroid nodules cause hypothyroidism?

Nodules hypothyroid: The most common cause of low thyroid is autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The lumps in the thyroid can and do exist with the Hashimoto's but don't cause the underlying problem. It is possible that a thyroid gland can become so full of thyroid nodules that it becomes unfunctional, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

What are causes of pain in 3cm solitary benign thyroid nodule? And treatment?

Your Dr is the guide: You need to tell us more...Why did you go to your doctor to start with? What has he/she advised you to do?. The cause of pain is unknown. It can be bleeding into a cyst. Cancer cannot be excluded unless you get this thyroid nodule removed surgically. ...Read more

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What can thyroid nodules mean?

Depends: Thyroid nodules are very common in the population, especially in women. Most are benign. Biopsy is indicated if they are larger than 1 cm in size and mostly solid. Thyroid function should also be assessed. ...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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Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Be evaluated: Most thyroid modules dont grow fast even those involving most thyroid cancers. Those that do should be evaluated as they can be concerning for aggressive thyroid cancer. ...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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What does increased vascularity in thyroid nodule mean?

Increased blood flow: There is more blood flow to the thyroid nodule than the surrounding thyroid tissue. Could represent an adenoma or tumor. Needle biopsies are frequently done for further evaluation if a nuclear scan is not helpful. ...Read more

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What does heterogeneous mean when it comes to a thyroid nodule?

It means irregular: Heterogeneous is the opposite of homogenous. Any thyroid nodule which is irregular and over 1cm in size needs to be investigated further. This may need a biopsy especially if it is growing or has increased in size over a period of 3 months. You should have your doctor guide you or send you to an endocrinologist. For a second opinion and further advice. ...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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My husband has been diagnosed with thyroid nodules which are solid and have micro calcifications. What does this mean?

My husband has been diagnosed with thyroid nodules which are solid and have micro calcifications. What does this mean?

Needs a biopsy: The most common form of thyroid cancer (papillary) has certain features on us that let us know if a nodule is worrisome. Microcalcifications is one of them. He should have a biopsy. Although thyroid ca is generally curable, it is a bit more serious in males than females and thus this should be followed up with a u/s guided - needle biopsy by an experienced physician. ...Read more

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Do all nodules caused by Hashimotos have similar characteristics? Do they have a greater or lower chance of being cancerous as other thyroid nodules?

Do all nodules caused by Hashimotos have similar characteristics?  Do they have a greater or lower chance of being cancerous as other thyroid nodules?

The "nodular": tissue of Hashimoto thyroiditis is "irregular" and can best be evaluated with various thyroid imaging methods! As far as I know there is no increase in thyroid cancer in patients with classic Hashimotos Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

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