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What is a diffusely enlarged thyroid on a scan report?

What is a diffusely enlarged thyroid on a scan report?

Big thyroid: That just means the whole thyroid is bigger than normal. ...Read more

Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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All of my ultrasounds/scans came back normal but I have an enlarged thyroid, is that okay?

All of my ultrasounds/scans came back normal but I have an enlarged thyroid, is that okay?

Probably: Unless the goiter (enlarged thyroid) is very large, it should cause few if any problems. However, something is causing the goiter. In the US, it is usually because the immune system is inappropriately making antibodies that attack a person's own proteins in the thyroid (auto-, or self-directed, immunity). This may cause abnormal thyroid levels in the future, and needs to be checked regularly. ...Read more

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Scan says enlarged thyroid more to right with multipal isoechoic/spongy nodules largest 1.8x1.4cm with central cystic area an peripheral vascularity??

Thyroid: Thyroid are very common and can be found on exam of the neck, US or CT scan. Depending on the number of nodules, size of the nodules and any underlying thyroid disease would dictate what further work-up is needed. For larger nodules a needle biopsy with the possibility of surgical removal may be recommended. ...Read more

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I might have an enlarged thyroid. How do I find out for sure?

Exam and ultrasound: First see your doctor who will examine the gland. He can then oder thyroid bllod test and order an ultrasound if he thinks it is indicated. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Yes, its possible: As a matter of fact, most goiter presentations here in the US occur in the absence of thyroid symptoms! The enlargement usually is due to multi-nodular goiter (MNG), early stages of Hashimoto's or Graves' disease (the latter is the most likely to present with symptoms). ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Depends: What do you mean by "thyroid symptoms?" if your thyroid functions are normal there could be something else causing those symptoms. ...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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Is an enlarged thyroid sometimes a genetic problem?

Is an enlarged thyroid sometimes a genetic problem?

Rarely: There are rarely pure genetic causes for goiter, like in patients with pendred syndrome and other even more rare conditions. However, most of the time, goiter is the result of a disease process within the thyroid. Genetics probably plays a role in one's susceptibility to thyroid disease as it's common to see patients with thyroid disease who also have other family members with thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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