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Doctor insights on: What Could Cause A Solid Thyroid Nodule To Grow Quickly

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Do solid benign thyroid nodules grow quickly? And could you have normal TSH levels with a solid benign nodule on the thyroid?

Do solid benign thyroid nodules grow quickly? And could you have normal TSH levels with a solid benign nodule on the thyroid?

Nodules: Growth of thyroid nodules may represent malignancy. The only way to really know is to perform fna biopsy. Many patients with solid thyroid nodules will have normal tsh. Thyroid scans are generally no longer thought to be useful in distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules. Rai thyroid scans should be ordered in patients with suspected hyperthyroidism, not routinely for all patients. ...Read more

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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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What causes a goiter to grow?

What causes a goiter to grow?

Genetics and diet: Goiters are more common when the diet is poor in iodine. Vegetarians have to be careful because cruciferous vegetables like broccolli sometimes increases the risk of goiter. Goiter can run in the family as well. ...Read more

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If a solid heterogeneous nodule on the thyroid is benign and not causing TSH levels to change but is growing rapidly, what is it?

If a solid heterogeneous nodule on the thyroid is benign and not causing TSH levels to change but is growing rapidly, what is it?

Re-evaluation: If a nodule is "growing rapidly", it will need to be re-evaluated. Most likely it will need to be re-biopsy. Most of the time, a cancer can just be a speck in the nodule instead of the whole nodule so a biopsy might have missed it the first time. ...Read more

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How is a 0.7cm hyperechoic parathyroid adenoma treated? Too small to need removed? Could this be cause of palpable supraclavicular node? Mri this wed.

How is a 0.7cm hyperechoic parathyroid adenoma treated? Too small to need removed? Could this be cause of palpable supraclavicular node? Mri this wed.

Depends on bloodtest: The concern with parathyroid adenomas is they often produce too much parathyroid hormone which regulates calcium blood levels. Loss of bone density and high calcium levels result. Some adenomas only cause a slight increase and can be safely monitored with blood tests while others require surgical removal. Highly unlikely to be cause of node. ...Read more

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In 2008 partial right side thyroid removed due to a single nodule that turned out to be benign. Now have fast growing nodules bilaterally, concerning?

In 2008 partial right side thyroid removed due to a single nodule that turned out to be benign.  Now have fast growing nodules bilaterally, concerning?

If you have: Been on an appropriate dose of brand name T4 replacement and still formed new nodules, they need evaluation and possibly surgery. If you haven't been on replacement since 2008, then somebody goofed because it would probably have prevented the new nodule formation. ...Read more

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What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

Growth: If a lung nodule thickens, that means it is growing. Whether this is cancer, infection or anything else, you need to find out. ...Read more

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Does a solid 1.1 CM thyroid nodule need to be biopsy?

Does a solid 1.1 CM thyroid nodule need to be biopsy?

Yes: Solid nodules carry the risk of being thyroid cancer (although certainly most solid thyroid nodules are not cancer). Because of the risk, you should have a biopsy done (most can be done using a very thin needle while an ultrasound is being done). ...Read more

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Complex thyroid nodule... Negative for malignancy ... Adenomatoid nodule with resolving hemorrhage? What? And is it still possible for it to cancerous

Complex thyroid nodule... Negative for malignancy ... Adenomatoid nodule with resolving hemorrhage? What? And is it still possible for it to cancerous

Low risk: The risk of malignancy in a thyroid nodule is low, especially after one negative biopsy but it is not 0%. That's why u still need to follow this nodule in time with another ultrasound to make sure it is not growing or changing significantly. If it does, u will need another biopsy or consider taking it out. The nodule u have had blood inside it which had been absorbed, thus "resolving hemorrhage". ...Read more

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Repeated thyroid nodule biopsy cold solid 3x7cm. How could he not get enough cells with such a large nodule? Also 2.4cm cold follicularGenetic testing

Possible: May be if nodule has fluid ( Cyst ) may not get cells ( how many times was done ? more than twice is unusual ) . If strongly suspicious for malignancy an image guided core needle biopsy , or even removal ( surgery ) Discuss with your doctor , plan of treatment Do not ignore if necessary take second opinion . ...Read more

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Does medullary thryroid carcinoma will show anything on an ultrasound? Nodules or tumor will be visible? Can it be present in a normal looking thyroid

Resolution of U/S: Hi. Like all imaging modalities, there is a limit to what you can see with U/S looking at the thyroid. All cancers begin as a single cell gone bad that clonal expands (bear in mind possibility of multiple independent foci of MTC such as in MEN2's and FMTC), so at some point in their infancy, all MTC cancers are below the limit of resolution on U/S. Once nodules are biopsiable, FNA helps evaluate. ...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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Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Complex thyroid nodule biopsied said to be benign... Now regardless of the diagnosis... Could it be possible that nodule is cancerous and biopsy missed it?

Possibly: Thyroid nodules are notoriously difficult to interpret biopsy results, because the nodules themselves are often "complex" meaning non-uniform, and thus one portion may look benign while the other malignant, . ...Read more

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Is it safe to try to conceive if i have benign and hard nodes with the diagnosis of multinodular goitre?

Is it safe to try to conceive if i have benign and hard nodes with the diagnosis of multinodular goitre?

Yes but...........: There is no problem in coceiving with diagnosis of Multinodular goiter but you need to know functional status of thyroid gland : Is it Euthyroid, Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid.,by blood test - TSH , Free T4 & Free T3 (liothyronine). If gland is functioning normal as supported by normal TSH then sure no problem. But if it is Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid then that need to be controlled prior to getting pregnant. ...Read more

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I have a dermoid tumor 5.3 x 6.6 cm. Can this be a reason why it is easy to gain and hard to lose weight?

I have a dermoid tumor 5.3 x 6.6 cm. Can this be a reason why it is easy to gain and hard to lose weight?

NO, unlikely cause: Dermoid tumor of ovary , you are born with it , most of the time is benign , removal is the cure, weight gain is due less exercise ( or no exercise ) sedentary life , consuming more calories than required especially unhealthy junk food . If you want to want to loose weight just reverse the above and you will. ...Read more

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Is it true that a fine needle aspiration of a thyroid nodule can lead to metastasis if it is cancerous?

Is it true that a fine needle aspiration of a thyroid nodule can lead to metastasis if it is cancerous?

Not true: i couldn't find where anything like this has been proven. Careful trained biopsy technique minimizes complications. You should not worry about metastasis from such a procedure, it doesn't happen. You should worry about getting a diagnosis of this nodule, then pursue recommended treatment or surveillance based on results. ...Read more

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How big does a thyroid goiter have to to cause difficulty swallowing?

How big does a thyroid goiter have to to cause difficulty swallowing?

It depends: It depends on the individual and their level of pain perception/discomfort. ...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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Is there a need to remove a thyroid cancer nodule of less than 2 CM in diameter or can it be treated naturally? Thanks

Is there a need to remove a thyroid cancer nodule of less than 2 CM in diameter or can it be treated naturally? Thanks

Cancer: In my opinion, and the vast majority of Medical professionals,...it is best to have Cancers removed more definitively, through approved and recommended procedures. Once removed, then natural remedies can be undertaken to stay healthy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

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