what does a enlarged thyroid gland mean

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How will I know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

Goiter

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It means the Gland is larger than normal. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where most people use iodized salt, goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself.
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Dr. John Yim answered:

What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

Graves/Thyroiditis

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Most commonly this is due to Graves disease or thyroiditis. In both of these cases your immune system attacks your thyroid and tries to kill it, because it thinks it is foreign, like a virus. However in Graves disease the antibodies that attack the thyroid actually stimulate receptors that make it grow and produce too much thyroid hormone. In thyroiditis the immune cells infiltrate the thyroid.
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Doctor mentioned that I had an enlarged thyroid gland. What does this mean?

Thyroid Gland

Thyroid
Is an H-shaped glad below your Adam's apple. If your Thyroid gland is enlarged, that is know as Goiter.
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Dr. Eric Whitman answered:

For thyroid gland is boarderline enlarged. Right has single nodule likely adenoma. What does this mean?

Probably benign

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Many thyroid glands are enlarged, and borderline means just slightly above normal size. The only way to tell if a thyroid nodule is benign or cancerous is with a biopsy. While some other tests may suggest it is benign the biopsy is the best way to tell.
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Dr. John Yim answered:

What does a lumpy thyroid gland mean?

Can mean many things

Cancer
A lumpy thyroid gland may have a nodule or nodules that can either be benign or cancer. Frequently when you have multiple lumps in the thyroid it is due to what is known as a multinodular goiter, which is benign, that is not cancer. However, the usual approach is to get an ultrasound of the thyroid and evaluate the nodule or nodules. A biopsy may be necessary.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What does grossly homogeneous thyroid gland mean?

No nodules

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No lumps or bumps. Sort of filler-language to reassure. Most thyroids are grossly homogeneous.
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What does heterogeneity of the thyroid gland mean?

Thyroiditis?

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This is the description of the appearance of the thyroid on ultrasound and is most often seen in thyroiditis or inflammation of the thyroid. The exact cause requires that your doctor compare this to your history, exam and lab work.
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Dr. Philip W. Chao answered:

What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland ?

Could be OK

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depends on how swollen and the cause. It could be from thyroiditis. It could be upper limits of normal. Did your doctor test your thyroid function?
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

What exactly does hyperthyroidism mean if someone has had their thyroid gland removed?

See below

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Once yourThyroid gland is completely removed you would not have any thyroid hormones left to cause Hyperthyroidism(excess of Thyroid Hormone) unless you are taking too much of Thyroid hormone by mouth.Ask your Endocrinologist who is treating you already.
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What does it mean there is a probable cyst in the right love of the thyroid gland measuring 9 by 6 mm?

Thyroid cyst

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It means that the radiologist reading the ultrasound sees a nodule that is cystic not solid, containing fluid. The fact that it is probable means that it is not definite, likely because it is relatively small in size.
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