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Dr. Gary Pess
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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 does having more blue than red mean on a color doppler transvag ultrasound?

What does having more blue than red mean on a color doppler transvag ultrasound?

Really not much: By convention the red usually means blood flow toward the ultrasound transducer and blue is flow away. ...Read more

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Carotid doppler ultrasound showed elevated psv in right ica but normal ica/cca. What's this mean?

Carotid doppler ultrasound showed elevated psv in right ica but normal ica/cca. What's this mean?

See detailed answer: Psv = peak systolic velocity (i.e. Speed of blood flow); elevated psv can indicate narrowing

ica/cca ratio is another way of assessing narrowing - would need to see actual numbers

my 2 cents...See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Doppler US showed cystic changes (irregular shape) in thyroid with swollen reactive nodes unilateral. What does this mean!?

Doppler US showed cystic changes (irregular shape) in thyroid with swollen reactive nodes unilateral. What does this mean!?

Many things: You may have a multi modular goiter which is a benign condition that sometimes may require surgery. This could also be thyroiditis which is also benign. It is hard without and exam but likely this can be observed and followed with ultrasound if no other symptoms. Www. Drlugo. Com ...Read more

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Today I got a doppler ultrasound for a lump in my belly button and orange color showed up. Is orange mean something is wrong?

Today I got a doppler ultrasound for a lump in my belly button and orange color showed up. Is orange mean something is wrong?

Without: Any technical context, it could mean anything or nothing. There is simply not enough information to render an opinion in either directIon. It is tempting to look at the screen, but to a layman' s eye lots of innocuous findings and technical artifacts could look ominous on ultrasound. Talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an "abnormality next to thyroid" on ultrasound?

What does it mean to have an "abnormality next to thyroid" on ultrasound?

Nonspecific: The report should be more informative. Is there a mass? Enlarged lymph nodes? What you describe essentially gives no information. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid on ultrasound mean?

Enlarged thyroid on ultrasound mean?

Many possibilities: An enlarged thyroid (goiter) has many causes and possible treatments. Is it causing hyper/hypothyroidism (i.e. Graves disease, toxic goiter)? Check tsh, ft4. Maybe anti-tpo. Is the goiter nodular or smooth? This may require an ultrasound, with biopsy of any suspicious nodules. Is it really big and impair your swallowing/breathing? Then maybe surgery. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Ultrasound results: In the left side of the neck, separate from the thyroid, there is a 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.5 cm nodule. What does this mean?

Ultrasound results: In the left side of the neck, separate from the thyroid, there is a 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.5 cm nodule. What does this mean?

It means you should: See an Experienced ENT doctor and have him guide you to the next step. Depending on your exam and your history, the next step he or she may recommend is a surgical biopsy so it can be looked at under the microscope and it can be determined if it is a problem to your health or not. ...Read more

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Had an ultrasound on my thyroid, report says I have excess thyroid tissue behind each lobe. What exactly does this mean? Was not there 6 months ago.

Thyromegaly?: Sounds like the report is describing benign generalized thyroid gland enlargement called thyromegaly (goiter). There are many causes of this and your doctor can help narrow down the possibilities. ...Read more

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What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

Fewer echoes on US: Hypoechoic describes the appearance of a nodule on ultrasound (us). It refers to a nodule that reflects back fewer sound waves compared to the normal thyroid tissue around it. While most thyroid cancers are hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are not cancers. But a hypoechoic nodule may have a slightly higher risk of being a cancer than other nodules. ...Read more

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Have a thyroid nodgule. Had a ultrasound done they are a little worried now have to have further testing a hospital. What does that mean?

Have a thyroid nodgule. Had a ultrasound done they are a little worried now have to have further testing a hospital. What does that mean?

More information: What further testing is needed at hospital? A biopsy? This is commonly done to evaluate whether or not the nodule is cancerous. The risk is very low, about 5% for the nodule. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your ultrasound reports prominent vascularity within the mass without microcalification? In regards to my thyroid? Thank you

Thyroid mass: It means your throid mass is having blodd vessel supply. As ultrasound shows thyroid mass you need to undergo biopsy to get definitive diagnosis. Follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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What does a colorful thyroid ultrasound image mean?

Blood flow: Color on your thyroid ultrasound means that color doppler was applied and blood flow was detected. It is generally normal unless there is too much color, which would have been mentioned in the report. ...Read more

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Had physical today. Dr said thyroid is enlarged. Did blood work and is scheduling ultrasound. What could it being enlarged mean?

Had physical today. Dr said thyroid is enlarged. Did blood work and is scheduling ultrasound. What could it being enlarged mean?

Lots of stuff: Usually it means nothing and you never find the cause. "Idiopathic multinodular goiter" is a non-disease with no real risks. The lab work is to rule stuff out that might be troublesome and treatable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Already taking levothyroxine for 11yrs in jan ajusted meds but now thyroid is thick with nodules. So waiting on ultrasound. What does this mean?

Already taking levothyroxine for 11yrs in jan ajusted meds but now thyroid is thick with nodules. So waiting on ultrasound. What does this mean?

Very common: Thyroid nodules are very common. They are more common in people with an under active thyroid. An ultrasound will better characterize the nodules and will help determine if any require a biopsy. Most nodules are benign. ...Read more

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My ultrasound for the neck says my thyroid gland is of normal size but I have mild, diffuse non-specific parenchymal disease. What does that mean?

My ultrasound for the neck says my thyroid gland is of normal size but I have mild, diffuse non-specific parenchymal disease. What does that mean?

Thyroid ultrasound: It means you have something going on in the thyroid gland tissue (parenchyma). So discuss with the Drs who ordered it. At your age first guess would be hyperactive thyroid. ...Read more

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What do orange masses in an ultrasound of the thyroid gland mean? I

What do orange masses in an ultrasound of the thyroid gland mean? I

Orange size?: I presume you do not mean color but size. The thyroid is not a very large gland to begin with. If it is a cyst then a colloid cyst is common. There are other cysts much less common. If solid then there are many different causes. Goiter as well as hyper plastic nodules look like that. Much more needs to be said about those findings. At that size, talk to your doctor for more information and next ...Read more

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I had a thyroid ultrasound at the endocrinologist and he saw 3 nodules. What does this mean?

May need follow up: The data says that without a dominant mass, nodules less than 2.5 cm are rarely of concern. The thyroid frequently forms nodules, most of which are of no concern. But depending on the size and imaging characteristics, as well as your risk factors, your doctor may need to reassess at later date. If your doctor is not worried, than you should not be either! ...Read more

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What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

Lower neck: Most likely this is referring to nodes located in the lower part of your neck closer to the sternum and clavicles. ...Read more

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What does ultrasound of thyroid-red and blood within a nodule mean?

What does ultrasound of thyroid-red and blood within a nodule mean?

Blood flow: The color doppler images show flow within a nodule. This really only indicates the nodule is made of solid tissue with internal blood vessels and, as such, is not a cyst. ...Read more

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What does "the axial diameter of the adjacent lymph nodes is 6mm or less" mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

Normal lymph node: Normal lymph nodes in the neck are 10 mm or less in axial diameter. We would expect to find lymph nodes this size under normal circumstances. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound of my thyroid and I was just informed that I have a borderline enlarged thyroid. What exactly does that mean? All my doctor said I

I had an ultrasound of my thyroid and I was just informed that I have a borderline enlarged thyroid. What exactly does that mean? All my doctor said I

You have: A large gland. What is important is what your laboratory values for your thyroid hormone are. The may be large and still have normal values ...Read more

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I have symptoms of an underactive thyroid and an enlarged thyroid but the ultrasound came back normal. What does that mean?

I have symptoms of an underactive thyroid and an enlarged thyroid but the ultrasound came back normal. What does that mean?

Thyroid levels?: An enlarged thyroid on exam is subjective. The us is better at asessing thyroid size and volume and to rule out other problems which sometimes can be seen on thyroid glands. If your thyroid hormone levels are normal, most likely your symptoms are not related to a thyroid problem. The normal us is reassuring. ...Read more