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What is diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland mean? Also have a 5x5 mm calcified nodule in upper left thyroid lobe. Help me understand this? Thx.

What is diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland mean? Also have a 5x5 mm calcified nodule in upper left thyroid lobe. Help me understand this? Thx.

Nodule: Heterogeneous gland means you don't have a smooth gland. This typical happens in pts with autoimmune thyroid disease where the gland is attacked by antibodies. Thyroid nodules are common and mostly benign. You have 1 nodule and it's very small. You can just watch it for now. See your doctor for more personalized explanation. ...Read more

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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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I have done USGthyroid. Normal thyroid and isthumus show diffusely altered heterogeneous echotexture. Vascularity present. No lesion nor calcification.

I have done USGthyroid. Normal thyroid and isthumus show diffusely altered heterogeneous echotexture. Vascularity present. No lesion nor calcification.

Thyroid function?: Hi. What prompted the thyroid ultrasound? Sounds like no nodule, so thyroid cancer is not the issue here. Heterogeneous echo texture is non-specific, but certainly can be seen in Hashimoto's. Do you have normal thyroid function? Even if so, you could check TPO & thyroglobulin antibodies to see if there's evidence of autoimmune thyroiditis. Good luck! ...Read more

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1.5x0.6x1.1.1cm ill defined heterogeneous hypoechoic area w/internal vascularity no calcification found on heterogeneous right thyroid lobe. Explain?

1.5x0.6x1.1.1cm ill defined heterogeneous hypoechoic area w/internal vascularity no calcification found on heterogeneous right thyroid lobe. Explain?

Thyroid nodule: You need to see your endocrinologist for interpretation of this. A 1.5 cm thyroid nodule probably should be biopsied, although the likeihood of this being cancer is low (probably less than 10%). A nodule among a multinodular gland is less of a concern, as is a nodule in a hashimotos gland. All this needs to be examined. ...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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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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Recent ultrasound showed nodule on thyroid 1.3x0.8x1cm heterogenous calcification, hyperechoic focu likely due to colloid can you interpret this?

Recent ultrasound showed nodule on thyroid 1.3x0.8x1cm heterogenous calcification, hyperechoic focu likely due to colloid can you interpret this?

Most nodules benign: Thyroid nodules are often detected incidentally when a patient has neck us. Nodules may range in size from several mm to several cm. With frequency of ultrasounds obtained, incidental thyroid nodules are frequently found. Us can describe nodules and sometimes infer likelihood of benign vs malig. Biopsy most accurate with some specialists advocating biopsy of nodules greater than 1cm others 1.5 cm. ...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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Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Many things: Thyroid calcifications are relatively common. Some of them are an indication of thyroid cancer. The first thing to do is to get a neck ultrasound, which is better than ct in visualizing the thyroid, and thyroid function tests. ...Read more

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I have trouble swallowing but not all the time. Sometimes I really have a hard time swallowling and other x no problem. I had CT scan show small calcific densities in right lobe of thyroid gland. Could this be the cause even though I don't kno what the ct

Need evaluation: There are many possible causes for your current symptoms. Although the ct showed "small calcified densities in the thyroid", it still might not be the cause for your difficulty swallowing. The next step would be a thyroid u/s to see if these "densities" are in a nodule and to see how many nodules & how big they are. Get the ct result, sit down with your doc and discuss the next step of evaluation. ...Read more

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Neck CT "small cortical defect along the anterior aspect of the dens just below the anterior arch of C1 with adjacent bone or calcific density." Platelets - 487. ANA is neg. RA Factor - neg. C-Reactive Prot, Quant - 79.6. Sedimentation Rate-West - 47?

Neck CT "small cortical defect along the anterior aspect of the dens just below the anterior arch of C1 with adjacent bone or calcific density." Platelets - 487. ANA is neg. RA Factor - neg. C-Reactive Prot, Quant - 79.6. Sedimentation Rate-West - 47?

Lab results: Hello ~ there is no history so impossible to comment. The CRP is non-specific and slightly up and ESR is non specific and slightly raised. Luckily the ANA and RA negative. The changes at ant ramus C2 and dens are nonspecific possibly due to osteo-arthritis. (ANA and RA shd not be routine labs!) If mets or myeloma in dd do bone scan. thanks ...Read more

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What does thickening of the thyroid and calcification of the thyroid mean?

What does thickening of the thyroid and calcification of the thyroid mean?

Nothing: This is not related to thyroid dysfunction or cancer, just an incidental finding from imaging, sort of like blue eyes and blond hair, just a description ...Read more

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What does calcification of thyroid tumors mean?

What does calcification of thyroid tumors mean?

It can be..: A sign of a cancer rather than a benign growth- need a fine needle aspirate=biopsy to decide. ...Read more

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What does calcification of of thyroid tumour mean?

It depends: In general calcification in tumor is not bad and may indicates (for example) benighn lesion in lung mass. You need more work up of thyroid mass and eventually bx if needed. ...Read more

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What does right thyroid lobe enlarged with calcification mean?

If you mean: Calcifications in a thyroid nodule, you need routine lab, a serum thyroglobulin determination and probably a fine needle biopsy. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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. What is a 6mm anechoric structure with through-transmission in thyroid gland. At the int extent has focal course calcification mean?

. What is a 6mm anechoric structure with through-transmission in thyroid gland. At the int extent has focal course calcification mean?

Lesion in thyroid: That should be monitored to make sure it doesn't grow

now too tiny to biopsy
recommend repeat umtrasound in 6 m to see if it changes in size. ...Read more

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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

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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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I have 3.2cm Heterogeneous hypoechoic predominantly solid nodule-cystic, calcification- midpole right lobe increase vascularity what does this mean?

Specify: You have to specify what organ. Is it thyroid, liver etc. Radiology reports tend to have interesting and unique adjectives? If it is a thyroid nodule it ought to be vigorously pursued with your doctors because thyroid nodules are in general not good things to have. ...Read more

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The doctor phoned stating that my 9 yr old daughters chest X-ray showed calcification of a cyst on her thyroid what does this mean??

Cyst: Often you find benign findings on X-ray. Cysts are common to the thyroid and they can get calcified. Probably more important is does your daughter have any symptoms? Talk to your provider lab studies may be needed if thyroid symptoms. An ultrasound would define the cyst better. ...Read more

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What does it mean by "thyroid calcifications"?

Thyroid. ..: Calcification in the thyroid can occur in both benign and malignant conditions. Thyroid calcifications can be classified as coarse calcifications, microcalcifications, or peripheral calcifications. Microcalcifications on thyroid ultrasound are one of the most specific ultrasound findings for thyroid malignancy. ...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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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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What does this mean solid heterogeneous well circumscribed nodule within the right lobe of the thyroid.?

Appearance of nodule: Unfortuantely, one cannot clearly determine the cause by the appearance: Solid= not fluid filled like a cyst. Heterogeneous: not uniform in texture. Well circumscribed: sharp margins and not growing into the thyroid tissue. Depending on whether there are multiple or only a single nodule and the size, a biopsy may be recommended to determine the cause, benign or otherwise. ...Read more

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Does mild intrinsic vascularity mean anything on a solid micro follicular thyroid lesion which is circumscribed and heterogeneous?

Does mild intrinsic vascularity mean anything on a solid micro follicular thyroid lesion which is circumscribed and heterogeneous?

Possibly: I want to clarify your description. You wrote a micro follicular lesion. This is an older pathology dx. Was this biopsied or is this a micronodule (<1 cm). Well circumscribed is good. Heterogeneous nod need to know the character of the solid part. After the other info, increased blood flow is a risk factor cancer (but now considered a minor factor). Thyroid func is key here. W/more info FNA or not ...Read more

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I got thyroid results today and it was " Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland without discrete dominant nodules." what does that mean?

I got thyroid results today and it was " Diffusely heterogeneous thyroid gland without discrete dominant nodules." what does that mean?

Heterogeneity: Heterogeneous means the size is irregular in terms of thickness throughout. Homogenous is the opposite and would mean the gland is uniform in size. Nodules are important to find because they can be functional or "hot" nodules that secrete too much thyroid hormone. Nonspecific heterogeneity may be thyroiditis or Graves Disease. See Endocrinology for follow up. ...Read more

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What exactly does the terms circumscribed and heterogeneous actually mean relating to a solid thyroid micro follicular lesion. Flus on biopsy.?

What exactly does the terms circumscribed and heterogeneous actually mean relating to a solid thyroid micro follicular lesion. Flus on biopsy.?

Good signs: Circumscribed lesion on thyroid ultrasound means that the lesson is encapsulated and that this is a good sign. Heterogenous mean that the lesion has various areas of increased and decreased density and that is also a good sign. However follicular lesions are indeterminant and could be malignant. ...Read more

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What does heterogeneous echotexture of thyroid mean?

What does heterogeneous echotexture of thyroid mean?

Thyroiditis?: 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. ...Read more

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What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

Graves/Thyroiditis: 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. ...Read more

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What does increased vacularity mean thought out a heterogeneous thyroid gland?

It means: Increased blood flow to the thyroid. It may be a sign of thyroiditis in the setting of a heterogeneous gland. ...Read more

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What does a small heterogeneous hypervascular thyroid mean with 12mm nodule on right?

Thyroid US results: It is hard to interpret a thyroid ultrasound, especially online. Your profile says "hypothyroid and raised antibodies". This could mean Hashimotos, and the US is consistent with that. A 12 mm nodules is small, and could be consistent with the scarring in a Hashimotos gland, but this requires review by an Endocrinologist. ...Read more