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What does an ultra sound that says normal uterus but very heterogeneous with a few poorly defined fibroids mean?

What does an ultra sound that says normal uterus but very heterogeneous with a few poorly defined fibroids mean?

May mean adenomyosis: Difficult to say for sure. You should discuss findings with your doctor. I often see pelvic ultrasounds describe significant heterogeneity which is due to adenomyosis but called fibroids instead. They are both benign conditions and both cause similar symptoms (and you could even have both). A pelvic MRI is a good way to answer this but first talk to your doctor to explain the results. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.

Hypothyroid: The answer to this question depends on what your exact levels are and what type of symptoms you have. "Subclinical Hypothyroidsim" sometimes presents in the manner you describe. ...Read more

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What dose dark spots on a thyroid ultra sound mean?

What dose dark spots on a thyroid ultra sound mean?

Cysts: Round spots in the thyroid are usually cysts (colloid cysts). There are also arteries and veins which in cross section can look like spots. ...Read more

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My ultra sound of my thyroid showed dark spots that she measured. What does this mean?

My ultra sound of my thyroid showed dark spots that she measured. What does this mean?

Ask the doctor: Dark spots could represent thyroid nodules or growths. You need to talk to the doctor who ordered the ultrasound so you will know for sure what the ultrasound showed and how to proceed from here. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the ultra sound says heterogeneous atrophic thyroid?

What does it mean when the ultra sound says heterogeneous atrophic thyroid?

Ultrasound result: Heterogenous means not consistently, or mixed pattern and atrophy implies "wasting", shrinking of the tissue. ...Read more

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How accurate are thyroid imaging through ultra sound in determining cysts vs nodes?

Very accurate: One of the most accurate and specific determinations that an ultrasound can make. ...Read more

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What to do if I had an ultra sound of the thyroid, which showed some nodules. Very painful!!?

What to do if I had an ultra sound of the thyroid, which showed some nodules. Very painful!!?

See endocrinologist: Who ordered the US? Usually nodules are not painful unless infectious in etiology. Ask your doctor what he thinks or see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What's the different between hyperechoic and hypoecoic on thyroid ultra sound. Also what is hetergenorous.?

Thyroid US: Hyperechoic increased internal echoes, hypo is decreased. Heterogeneous means uniform. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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39 year old son just had ultra sound on his thyroid and all tests came back clear for any kind of nodules. Dr. Just said he has a slightly enlarged t?

Don't Worry: A thyroid w/o nodules is normal and slightly enlarged does not mean much if his thyroid is functioning fine and he does not have any trouble swallowing or breathing then there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Please only those that understand how to read an ultra sound test: how is an ultra sound test for thyroid read?

Many factors: A thyroid u/s may be done by a radiologist, an endocrinologist, a thyroid surgeon, or others. It is best done by someone who also does needle biopsy, if necessary. The u/s will detect nodules, vascularity, cysts, texture, and other features which can suggest a higher cancer risk. The u/s tells the doctor about structure (what it looks like). It says nothing about whether it is hyperactive. ...Read more

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I recently underwent an ultra-sound of my thyroid gland and it was quite painful. Is this usual?

Not normal: Thyroid ultrasound is usually painless. Assuming your thyroid is tender this suggests some type of thyroiditis. Your doctor will evaluate this with blood tests and the thyroid ultrasound. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if on a scan they found a left thyroid lobe to be asymmetrically enlarged when I have had a ultra sound with in the last 6 monh?

Should I be concerned if on a scan they found a left thyroid lobe to be asymmetrically enlarged when I have had a ultra sound with in the last 6 monh?

There is not: Enough information. Was there an interval change between the two scans? How large is the size discrepancy? There can be some normal variability in size between the two lobes. ...Read more

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I have had an ultra sound n it says a homogenous isoechoic nodule measures3.4x4mm is seen inferomedial to right lobe of thyroid?

Nodules: It looks that you have a thyroid nodule most of them are benign few could be turn to cancer
your doctor should follow you with a series of ultrasound to make sure it is not increasing in size
some might start with fine needle aspiration to obtain a sample of the nodule a procedure could be done in doctor office
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I have 3 thyroid nodules. Measuring. 9-1.5. Thyroid bloodwork is normal. Hyperechoic hetergenous is what ultra sound shows. Help!! ?

Thyroid nodules: The vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign. Mutlinodular disease (goiter) is common. The larger the nodule the more worrisome they are. Ask your doctor how large a nodule must be before considering an FNA (fine needle aspiration). Most of these are handled by radiologists, endocrinologist as well as ENT's (ears, node & throat) specialists. Most likely benign but see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ultra sound should 3 nodules on thyroid ranging from. 9-1.5 CM hyperechoic & heterogeneous. Thyroid levels are good, lacking vitamin d tho? Help!

Ultra sound should 3 nodules on thyroid ranging from. 9-1.5 CM hyperechoic & heterogeneous. Thyroid levels are good, lacking vitamin d tho? Help!

The ultrasound: Needs to be reviewed, lab studies need to be done and a thyroid biopsy is probably indicated. Check w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland with multiple bilateral hypo echoic micro nodules. Increased vascularity. What does this ultra sound result mea?

Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland with multiple bilateral hypo echoic micro nodules. Increased vascularity. What does this ultra sound result mea?

Thyroidologist: A thyroidologist or endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about your thyroid status and ultrasound findings and to determine whether a needle biopsy and/or referral to a thyroid surgeon is advisable. As a rule multiple nodules are more apt to be benign as opposed to a single cold nodule in males. Follow-up in these cases are also important even after the first consultation. ...Read more

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I had a thyroid ultra sound done and the results says I have a nodule on the right lobe measuring 2.2x0.76x0.99cm and on the left lobe I have subcentimeter nodule with associated calcification which measures 0.48x0.22x0.44 -isthmus 0.28 what does this m

Nodules occur in up: 40% of the population with only 4-5% of nodules being cancerous. Most authorities advise a fine needle aspiration of the larger nodules greater than or equal to 0.8cm in most cases. Authorities also recommend a serum tsh. ...Read more

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Thyroid hyperechoic more cystic fluid filled? & hypoecoic more solid. I know both may need fna, but which would be better for ultra sound to show

Thyroid hyperechoic more cystic fluid filled? & hypoecoic more solid. I know both may need fna, but which would be better for ultra sound to show

Biopsy: Is probably indicated and.... more indicated in the less uniform (multi cystic, hyperechoic) conditions. On the other hand, will need more stabs to see what is going on if it is non-uniform (more than one) ...Read more

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"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

"Heterogeneous hypo-echoic thyroid parenchyma with regional right side enlarged lymph nodes." appears in my thyroid Ultra sound test. What's this?

No simple answer: All that medical mumbo jumble is very clear to a physician but not so to the average person. You need to speak to your physician who ordered the ultrasound test so that he/she can easily explain the anatomy of what is going on and any consequences of this finding. It's too much to go over in this context. ...Read more

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My tsh is o.886 and my t4 is 1.40, my thyroid is larger on one side than the other. I had an ultra sound was normal should I go to an endocrinologist?

Possibly, if:: Your TSH and Free Thyroxine are within normal range. If your physician felt one side of thyroid was somewhat larger than the other but your thyroid Ultrasound is normal no additional studies or treatment is necessary, unless the enlargement is significant and very noticeable. In the latter case a trial of thyroid hormone (thyroxine) may, or may not, reduce the enlargement. ...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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I'm confused thyroid ultra sound showed what the nurse called cysts in my thyroid and lymph nodes but the ENT said they are supposed to be there?

Training: Rn=2-4years schooling + experience.
Md=4 years after undergrad + ENT residency 3-5+years +/-fellowship + experience. It is the dr's responsibility to identify "normal" from "abnormal" and direct treatment. Many things can look similar to less-experienced eyes. ...Read more

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You answered a question a while back about 2 thyroid nodules that were found last year. As 1 is lying too deep and near a Artery they were unsuccessful getting a clear sample using FNA. They are going monitor me 6 monthly intervals and do ultra sound scan

Probably benign: We are concerned when there is a solitary cold nodule of the thyroid. This usually represents an adenoma with a potential for malignant transformation. When there is more than one nodule this most likely is multinodular goiter. Aspiration is not always correct in terms of interpretation. If the scan does not show enlargement then on can probably wait with follow up scan ...Read more

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Ultra sound good on thyroid been swallowing thin mucus for 2 years don't know if post nasal or gerd can it cause tightness in Adam's apple?

Ultra sound good on thyroid been swallowing thin mucus for 2 years don't know if post nasal or gerd can it cause tightness in Adam's apple?

Its Its gerd: Gerd often causes a vague tightness in the throat area that can't be localized,

Consider trying some acid suppressing medication to see if your symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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I'm confused ultra sound showed what the nurse called cysts in my thyroid and lymph nodes but the ENT doctor said they are supposed to be there?

I'm confused ultra sound showed what the nurse called cysts in my thyroid and lymph nodes but the ENT doctor said they are supposed to be there?

Common finding: Cysts and nodules in the thyroid are common. If any have suspicious findings, they should be biopsied. Your physician should be able to discuss this with you. Lymph nodes are also common. Again, if they are suspicious, they can be biopsied as well. ...Read more

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What does it indicate if a thyroid ultrasound showed nodules on my lungs? Symptoms include crackling sounds when I lay down?

Confusion????: A thyroid ultrasound doesn't show anything on the lungs. Only a chest xray or ct scan shows the lungs. Crackling sounds may come from your throat, or lungs like seen on asthmatics, pneumonia also shows crackling but youusually have fevers and feel really bad and short of breath. ...Read more

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I had ultra sound of neck. Jugular vein is enlarged. Is this problematic? What could be cause?

I had ultra sound of neck. Jugular vein is enlarged. Is this problematic? What could be cause?

Not: Just enlarged vein is not a problem so long it does not have a clot in it. Also the flow pattern needs to be defined. If the flow is slow that could imply blockage somewhere else. Consult with your physician. ...Read more