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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Thyroid cartilage increase?

Thyroid cartilage increase?

Likely normal: Since you are a 15 year male the enlargement in the thyroid cartilage (adam's apple) is likely a normal part of puberty. Suggest you see your family doctor to be sure it is the cartilage and not the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

Thyroid cartilage: It does not usually ossify. It should not cause you any problem if your basic blood tests are normal. On another note, there are many treatments for depression, you should consider taking something for your hopelessness, as I feel you should not be hopeless ever. Dr m. ...Read more

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My thyrohyoid membrane (between hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage) hurts a lot when it is touched, like a sore pain. Could this be serious?

Pain: Any medical problem can result in pain. If you have not done so yet please see your doctor. If she/he has evaluated you and found no issue ask for a referral to a head and neck doctor. They too might not find something but you need to try. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my thyrohyoid membrane (between hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage) hurts a lot when it is touched, like a sore pain. Is this normal?

Not normal: There are things that can occur there like thyroglossal duct cysts, dermoid cysts, lymph nodes, and other things to name a few. Maybe you can't feel something small that is developing but basically you should see an ENT for a thorough check. ...Read more

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Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Cartilage: Sounds normal to me but any time you are concerned by this it would be wise to see your doctor. If something wrong is indeed found your doctor will take care of you. If there is nothing wrong you will be pleased. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

The: The thyroid gland should still work fine after this trauma. You can get blood tests to check it out. If your levels are off, low, you will need thyroid hormone supplement, a pill. I doubt that the strangling itself would cause hypothyroidism. You may have hashimoto thyroiditis which is not related to your trauma. Perhaps thyroid conditions run in your family. When taking a supplement use levothyroxine. See the link below regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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What's it mean if the cartilage In your thyroid is bigger on one side.? Is that dangerous

What's it mean if the cartilage In your thyroid is bigger on one side.? Is that dangerous

Ultrasound required: May want to get have your primary care provider request an ultrasound of your thyroid. ...Read more

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Would Leishmaniasis destroy cartilage of the nose and/or thyroid?

Nose: It may go to the nasal cartilage and you should have it checked out with an ENT. Any area of the body is possible. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause calcification/ossification of the thyroid, cricoid and tracheal cartilages in a 44 year old male (no glands involved).

Inflammation: Calcifications of the thyroid typically coincide with nodules and occur because of inflammation or cancer. You should see a specialist, like an endocrinologist, to better determine the cause. ...Read more

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Left thyro. Shrinks 7mm n 10 mnths on same side of abnormal growing cysts in thyroid cartilage, but hashimotos antibodies negative, could it b graves?

Left thyro. Shrinks 7mm n 10 mnths on same side of abnormal growing cysts in thyroid cartilage, but hashimotos antibodies negative, could it b graves?

Grave's?: It could be Grave's but you won't be able to know that till you see your Endocrinologist. If you have not yet seen an Endocrinologist please set up an appointment. Hope all goes well - suspect it will be OK. ...Read more

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What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

Depends: It depends in part in what you mean. Some people have a congenital fusion of two cervical vertebrae, which usually does not cause symptoms. Others may have a loss in cartilage secondary to degeneration and can have neck and arm pain and headaches. ...Read more

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Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

3T: For cartilage abnormalities, 3t imaging is great due to it's resolution capabilities, but still the imaging is dependent on the protocols set on each machine. I would trust the radiologist recommendation for which machine to use for your ailment. ...Read more

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My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

Cartilage: I am not sure exactly where you are talking about. The cartilage that makes up the breathing tube (trachea) is made up of rings. Lymph nodes are generally movable. Does not sound suspicious but would recommend that your pediatrician takes a look. ...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