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

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

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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What does a small non reactive left submandibular lymph node and a right side upper pole solid hypoechoic single thyroid nodule mean? worried..

Benign: small reactive node means just that,...... no worries just follow up Solitary solid nodule can be benign... rec thyroid I uptake scan if hot benign if cold on uptake scan consider biopsy ...Read more

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Is it true that the majority of thyroid nodules are hypoechoic and although thyroid cancer is usually hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are benign?

Size?: It is correct that in younger people thyroid nodules are benign, however, us is not very good at ruling out malignancy. Close follow up of the nodule is needed with us every 6 months. If the nodule is larger than 1 cm, fine needle aspiration biopsy needs to be considered. ...Read more

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I have 2 thyroid nodules and 1 is hypoechoic and the other complex should I worry?

I have 2 thyroid nodules and 1 is hypoechoic and the other complex should I worry?

Depends: Hypoechoic, hypervascular, or calcifications on ultrasound need to be addressed particularly if the nodule is > 10mm. The solid component of a complex nodule can be benign or cancer. Typically a nodule greater than 10mm should be biopsied by ultrasound or smaller if there are calcifications or prior history of radiation or family hist. There is no ultrasound pattern that is diagnostic for cancer. ...Read more

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What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

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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Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?

It should be Ok: Most thyroid nodules are either benign or very slow growing. So a recheck in 6 months to 12 months later is quite reasonable. ...Read more

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Single hypoechoic solid thyroid nodule over 1cm with mild vascularity?

Hyperplastic nodule: This sounds like a hyper plastic nodule. These are usually benign. In the absence of prior studies, this usually is followed up to show it's stable nature. If it changes or grows it would need a biopsy. Nonetheless would suggest an in depth discussion with your doctor ...Read more

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What may be a possible cause of increased peripheral vascularity around a 1cm slightly hypoechoic thyroid nodule?

Inflammation : A hypoechoic nodule could compress normal tissue and vessels . Inflammation around nodule might also increase flow. ...Read more

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Presence of hypoechoic area in hyperechoic thyroid nodule.. What it indicates? Nodule has increased vascularity

Uncertain: There are various characteristics of thyroid nodules on ultrasound, including hyperechoic, hypoechoic, isoechoic, cystic, complex, vascular, calcified, microcalcifications. Unfortunately, none of them can tell you for sure whether the nodule is benign or malignant. In your age group, we would be recommending biopsy of the nodule if it is 1 cm in size or larger. ...Read more

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12mm slightly complex THYROID nodule (R) + 10x6x5mm hypoechoic nodule (R). Impression: largest predominantly solid appearing nodule is 10mm. GET FNA?

12mm slightly complex THYROID nodule (R) + 10x6x5mm hypoechoic nodule (R). Impression: largest predominantly solid appearing nodule is 10mm. GET FNA?

FNA: The 12 mm nodule and the 10 mm nodule should both get an FNA. I'd advise doing the FNAs with thyroid cancer gene panel testing. Most are benign, so please don't be concerned until and unless you get bad results from the FNAs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


Dr. Eric Whitman
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Thyroid Nodules (Definition)

Thyroid nodules are masses in the thyroid that vary in size and should be ...Read more