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I have bilateral partially cystic thyroid nodules. Biopsy done of the larger one, came back "follicular lesion of unknown origin" what does that mean?

I have bilateral partially cystic thyroid nodules. Biopsy done of the larger one, came back "follicular lesion of unknown origin" what does that mean?

Variable meaning: Follicular‐patterned lesions of the thyroid are common; these include hyperplastic/adenomatoid nodules, follicular adenoma, follicular carcinoma and follicular variants of papillary carcinoma. Repeat biopsy with a sample sent for a genetic afirma assay may give additional useful information. In addition, discuss with your endocrinologist. ...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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I just had fna done on 1 of 3 thyroid nodules and report say 3cm heterogeneous soild nodule w/small cystic components, what does this mean?

I just had fna done on 1 of 3 thyroid nodules and report say 3cm heterogeneous soild nodule w/small cystic components, what does this mean?

Microscopic?: This report represents the gross pathologic findings but the microscopic. Microscopic results will define whether cells are benign or malignant. Usually the solid part of the nodule has the answer. Need further information. ...Read more

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What does this diagnosis mean, Left thyroid: cystic lesion with hemosiderin-laden macrophages. Its my cytology report from a thyroid nodule.

What does this diagnosis mean, Left thyroid: cystic lesion with hemosiderin-laden macrophages. Its my cytology report from a thyroid nodule.

Probable benign: Most cystic lesions and not pure cysts usually respresent breakdown and hemmorhage into a benign neoplsm. The presence of macrophages and hemosiderin suggest some form of inflammatory condition such as Hashimoto's thryoiditis. Unless there are changes on physical and thyroid scan suggesting further growth, conservtive management is suggested. ...Read more

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I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

I have a tyroid nodule, 1.6 x. 9 x 3 cm. Heterogeneously attenuating predominantly cystic right thyroid nodule. What's it mean and could it be cancer?

Thyroid: Its highly unlikely to be cancer. The odds favor this being a thyroglossal duct cyst. Pts often present at you age. You don't say where exactly your mass is. TDC is usually near midline. Another possibility is a branchial cleft cyst which is also a congenital problem. Your docs may want to do a CT guided fine needle biopsy. Hang in there. I think you will be fine. ...Read more

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Can cystic thyroid nodule be cancerous?

Can cystic thyroid nodule be cancerous?

Unlikely but ask doc: Most of the the thyroid nodules are benign, cystic nodules are even more benign, but sometimes a small focus of cancer could be inside the cyst, to be sure most of the time after fine needle aspiration (fna) will be done by your doctor send for biopsy (cytology) to be sure it is benign.. ...Read more

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What is a innocuous and isoechoic thyroid nodule. Also what is a heterogenous nodule with tiny cystic spaces, it measures 0.7cm?

What is a innocuous and isoechoic thyroid nodule. Also what is a heterogenous nodule with tiny cystic spaces, it measures 0.7cm?

Hard to say: It's hard to say without seeing the actual images. An isoechoic nodule is typically nonspecific and potentially falls in the indeterminate range (ie need follow up or biopsy). Same thing for a heterogenous "nodule" with tiny cystic spaces. A "complex cyst" with tiny cystic spaces can be a sponge like cyst that is typically benign. ...Read more

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.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

Likely benign: Cystic hypoechoic nodule is usually benign particularly without solid components. However some malignant tumors have cystic components. 0.2mm growth in 11/2 years is slow growth. Most malignant tumors grow faster. Most nodules less than 1 cm are not biopsied. Most small nodules are usually benign. You are correct in getting follow up US exams. Hyperechoic lesions are denser sometimes with calcium. ...Read more

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Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Biopsy: Hi. Assuming your thyroid function is normal (not hyperthyroid), the thyroid nodule you describe needs fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and hopefully genetic testing) to see if it's cancer. If it's not cancer, you can leave it in and just follow it, and thus avoid surgery for a non-cancerous tumor. I have to assume that whoever ordered the ultrasound has told you that you need FNAB. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodules on CT. US found 10+ nodules, 2 largest about 2.5 cm and are "mixed cystic and solid". Dx benign multinodular goiter. Followup needed?

Thyroid nodules on CT. US found 10+ nodules, 2 largest about 2.5 cm and are "mixed cystic and solid". Dx benign multinodular goiter. Followup needed?

Watch it yourself: Get acquainted with how your gland feels. If one of the nodules starts getting appreciably bigger while the rest stay the same, get seen. This may happen but isn't likely. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Seen Endocrinologist have one. 5cm partly cystic and party soild thyroid nodules no blood flow, went to recheck in 6 months what's next?

Thyroid nodules: TN are very common and largely benign. You benefit from monitoring, if they grow they will be further evaluated or removed before something ominous happens. Your thyroid blood levels will be checked, you may need thyroid replacement. Mostly, thyroid nodules are low risk health issue. Be well. ...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

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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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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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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What does microcalcification in thyroid nodule mean?

Usually biopsy: Fine microcalfications in a solid nodule can be seen in certain thyroid cancers (papillary most commonly). Ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy is often performed in this setting. ...Read more

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If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

If I have thyroid nodules does that mean I have thyroid cancer?

No: Each thyroid nodule only has a apprx 5% chance of cancer. Most of the time, they are just growth and not cancerous. ...Read more

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Right side upper pole solid hypoechoic single thyroid nodule mean? Worried..

Depends: It all depends on the size and if it is new. There is a need to do needle aspiration if not sure ...Read more

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Is my complex thyroid nodule taller than wide? It's 12 mm x 6 mm x 5 mm? Does this mean cancer?

Is my complex thyroid nodule taller than wide? It's 12 mm x 6 mm x 5 mm? Does this mean cancer?

In order: To determine whether the nodule is taller than wide, you need to specify the orientation of those measurements: Anterior-posterior (AP), transverese (T), and longitudinal. If the AP/T ratio is greater than 1, the nodule is taller than wide. An A/P >1 does not necessarily mean cancer, but along with other features, may indicate the need for FNA biopsy. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule came back negative but cells are suspicious for hurthle cell neoplasm. What does that mean?

Thyroid nodule came back negative but cells are suspicious for hurthle cell neoplasm. What does that mean?

Surgical biopsy: Hi. Going just on what you've told us, you probably need a surgical biopsy. A Hurthle cell neoplasm can be either benign or cancer, and the cytopathology often cannot make the distinction. Therefore, to exclude or confirm cancer will require a surgical biopsy. But I don't have the data. Your doc will tell you what's needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does calcification of thyroid nodules mean cancer?

No: But in the setting of a solid nodule they are a marker for possible cancer and often lead to needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

It could...: As mentioned, there are both benign and malignant causes of calcifications within the thyroid. A biopsy of the nodule should be able to clarify the situation. ...Read more

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Can calcification in thyroid nodules mean you have cancer?

No: However, certain patterns of calcification raise the risk that a nodule could be malignant. When in doubt, needle biopsy is advised. ...Read more

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Does calcification in thyroid nodules mean that you have cancer?

Does calcification in thyroid nodules mean that you have cancer?

It depends: It depends upon the pattern of the calcification. "eggshell" calcification, where there is a thin calcific rim around the the nodule is not associated with an increased risk of cancer, while "microcalcifications" inside the nodule are associated with a much higher risk of cancer, 50-100%, compared to 5% for nodules in general. ...Read more

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Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Be evaluated: Most thyroid modules don't 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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I have a 5 CM thyroid nodule w/ blood flow, report says needs biopsy, what does this mean?

I have a 5 CM thyroid nodule w/ blood flow, report says needs biopsy, what does this mean?

Needle biopsy: Nodules of that size can be biopsied using a technique called fine needle aspiration. The skin over the nodule is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, usually with ultrasound guidance, a needle is passed through the skin into the nodule. A small sample is taken and then analyzed under a microscope. ...Read more

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