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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

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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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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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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Help please? What is the difference between a thyroid nodule and a calcification?

Tumor vs. Ca++: A thyroid nodule is a growth in the gland composed of thyroid tissue that might be undergoing change to a premalignant or malignant form. In certain growths or possibly traumatic sites the tissue allows for the deposition of calciuim into the area or growth and is most often associate with a benign process taking place in the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I have a thyroid nodule that has increased in size from mm's to 1.6cm and hypoechoic associated with calcification. Increased blood flow also?

Needle Biopsy: It is likely that there will be a recommendation for a needle biopsy of the nodule. This is done usually under ultrasound guidance and local anesthesia as an out-patient procedure. If there is evidence of a cancer then further treatment such as surgery will be required. Good luck. ...Read more

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Subcentimeter hypodense nodule on left thyroid lobe with coarse focus of calcification---subcentimeter left thyroid nodule.Non-specific in nature.

Thyroid nodules: Most nodules less than 1 cm are not concerning and can be monitored with periodic ultrasounds. Some features such as calcification may heighten concern. Much more information is necessary in your situation. Is there family history of thyroid cancer, personal history of hyper or hypothyroidism, and radiation exposure? You need to discuss this with an endocrinologist and arrange a treatment plan. ...Read more

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How is it a 20 yr old (so called benign) thyroid nodule have new calcification and may now be cancerous? Why not take it out years ago? Very upsettin

How is it a 20 yr old (so called benign) thyroid nodule have new calcification and may now be cancerous?  Why not take it out years ago? Very upsettin

Need bx: Thyroid nodules are not uncommon. The rule is that multiple nodules are considered related to goiters and are benign. A solitary nodule has the potential of being or becoming cancerous. If I find a solitary nodule that is cold I suggest removing it. It can be a benign adenoma, but if left can convert to a carcinoma over time. ...Read more

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1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

Possible: I dont love giving scary news in this type of forum but anytime i see a nodule with microcalcification i get concerned about cancer. It should definitely be biopsied. Lump feeling is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Should a growing calcified thyroid nodule be removed?

Evaluation: A growing nodule should undergo a fine needle aspiration under ultrasound. If positive for cancer, then proceed to surgery. If negative, it should be followed serially with ultrasound to track for changes. If no changes on subsequent ultrasounds and it's not causing breathing or swallowing problem, you might not need to do anything. ...Read more

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Is a heterogeneously hypoechonic nodule 1.4x1.1x1.1cm thyroid nodule with microlobulated margins with no calcifications is a possible malignant one?

Is a heterogeneously hypoechonic nodule 1.4x1.1x1.1cm thyroid nodule with microlobulated margins with no calcifications is a possible malignant one?

No definite answer.: There's no way to know from an ultrasound whether a thyroid nodule is malignant or benign. Don't be fooled by Radiologist - all imaging is limited in its ability to diagnose these conditions. The only way to tell for certain about malignancy is to undergo a biopsy. In the mean time, an iodine uptake-and-scan could help. You'll need blood tests & the help of an endocrinologist as well. Use HT Prime ...Read more

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Are single dominant heterogenous thyroid nodule no calcifications which increased in size both lobes. 1.2x1.3x2.4cm and 2.9x2.9x3.7cm. usually benign?

Are single dominant heterogenous thyroid nodule  no calcifications which increased in size both lobes. 1.2x1.3x2.4cm and 2.9x2.9x3.7cm. usually benign?

Very Likely Benign: Of course nothing can be said for sure, but heterogenous nodules with no calcifications & not commented on here, but only peripheral or no blood flow are usually benign. You commented that they increased in size, how much-less than 10% is hard to tell from US to US. Was this done by the same doctor or radiologist? How is thyroid function? If real increase or not done an FNA may be indicated. ...Read more

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Does a partially calcified thyroid nodule measuring 1cm indicate higher risk for ca? I had stage 2 ov ca at age 26(3yrs ago) does that raise risk too?

Does a partially calcified thyroid nodule measuring 1cm indicate higher risk for ca? I had stage 2 ov ca at age 26(3yrs ago) does that raise risk too?

Slightly higher: Papillary thyroid cancer can be calcified, but this ultrasound finding is non-specific. Papillary thyroid ca is very treatable. See an endocrinologist who can do an ultrasound-guided biopsy. There is no known relationship between the ovarian ca. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a calcified thyroid nodule.Can it be thyroid cancer?

USG FNA: At first, most probably you should have ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration after consultation with your physician.
Calcifications can be seen in benign nodular goiter.
So, continue evaluation of your thyroid nodule, to rule out thyroid cancer, follow all tests what your physician ask you to do.
Thanks for question. Stay well. ...Read more

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3 thyroid nodules, hypoechoic solid nodule with few tiny calcified 1st FNA is benign follicular lesion and 2nd is benign follicular nodule,possible?

3 thyroid nodules, hypoechoic solid nodule with few tiny calcified 1st FNA is benign follicular lesion and 2nd is benign follicular nodule,possible?

Thyroid follicles: Most likely, the ultrasound is picking up benign follicular cysts, or areas of "colloid" (where thyroid hormone is made) arranged in a circular pattern or nodule. From the description (& the 2 FNA biopsies) it's unlikely to be cancer. In certain parts of the world (40% of it), iodine deficiency is common & thyroid nodules are prominent. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thyroid-nodules ...Read more

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1st FNA is benign follicular lesion, u/s ;hypoechoic thyroid nodule with few small calcifications, 2nd FNA ; hard consistency solid nodule,%ofcancer?

1st FNA is benign follicular lesion, u/s ;hypoechoic thyroid nodule with few small calcifications, 2nd FNA ; hard consistency solid nodule,%ofcancer?

Talk to YOUR MD: You clearly have a thyroid problem, and this needs to be discussed in context of the bigger clinical picture. If you have had FNA done, you have a doc following you. See them and ask what this means in your case and what should be done next. Lab results never occur in isolation. They occur in people, and the whole person has to be considered when making a diagnosis and treatment plan. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have 5 thyroid nodules, one is 3 CM and ultrasound said micro calcification. I am going to endo doc next week but i can't eat, sleep, am having panic attacks. Any words of encouragement to help me?

Take some: Deep breaths and relax. You definitely need a biopsy. Even if it is positive, the survival from thyroid cancer is very high, particularly when diagnosed early and treated properly. ...Read more

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US shows Multinodular thyroid (.6 cm, .4 cm)goiter but predominate solid nodule is 3.2cm has new calcific and increased vascularity what does this mean?

Needs further workup: Any nodule over 1cm should undergo at the very minimum a fine needle aspiration biopsy. A recommendation may also be made to bypass the needle biopsy and proceed to thyroidectomy given the new calcifications which place the nodule in a higher risk category. Discuss these and other options with your primary care physician and/or specialist. ...Read more

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Have thyroid nodule 20 yrs with many U/S and FNA but U/S now shows scattered echogenic foci-calcify with increased vascularity - what does this mean?

Consistency: A lot depends on what has happened to this nodule over the last 20 yr. Any growth? Is the calcification new? The best scenario is where the US and FNA are all being done by the same person; sometimes the "reports" say different things when it is really not changed. Often the best person is an Endocrinologist who does this, rather than a radiologist who is not a thyroid specialist. ...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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I have stable, dominant 10 mm left thyroid nodule with possible internal microcalcifications. What does it mean ? Do I need thyroid scan ?

Thyroidologist: Usually, in women especially multiple thyroid nodules are all benign. However,that being said, if there's any doubt a needle biopsy is the diagnostic procedure of choice. I feel that an endocrinologist or preferably a thyroidologist is best qualified to evaluate, treat and follow you. Thyroid scans or ultrasounds alone don't usually settle the problem in my experience. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more