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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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My tsh level was increased and scan test called that have diffuse enlarged thyroid and no graves lymphadenopathy and to do FNAC for suggestive to thyr?

My tsh level was increased and scan test called that have diffuse enlarged thyroid and no graves lymphadenopathy and to do FNAC for suggestive to thyr?

Unclear question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the information you provided does not seem to add up. It would be better discussed with your doctor who knows more about your health.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...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?

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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What could be the cause of an enlarged thyroid gland?

Goiter: Enlarged gland is usually due to inflammation. This is commonly an antibody reaction against your thyroid called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or hashimotos disease. In some cases goiter is due to masses, cysts or nodules. ...Read more

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What are causes of an enlarged thyroid besides cancer?

What are causes of an enlarged thyroid besides cancer?

Goiter!: This is a benign sometimes quite large thyroid enlargement. It used to be mostly due to iodine deficiency which is why we see "iodized" salt adding nai to nacl table salt. Some cases are of unknown cause. These can be cosmetic or functional problems breathing or swallowing calling for removal with thyroid replacement drugs. ...Read more

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What do you suggest for an enlarged thyroid treatment?

What do you suggest for an enlarged thyroid treatment?

Cause?: The cause is important to know because it is necessary to have a diagnosis before considering treatment options. Some causes of thyroid enlargement include: under or over active thyroid gland, multinodular goiter, lymphoma, thyroid cancer, etc. Each of these diagnoses may cause thyroid enlargement, but whether or not to treat, and how to treat depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

No: It's common but not normal. See your doc for labwork, exam and possibly a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more

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How will I know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

Goiter: It means the gland is larger than normal. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where most people use iodized salt, goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself. ...Read more

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Can there be any connection with a slightly enlarged thyroid and a head cold?

Can there be any connection with a slightly enlarged thyroid and a head cold?

No: I am not sure I understand what your question is, but I see no connection between an enlarged thyroid and a viral head cold. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thyroid gland, is there anything I can do for this at home?

Tapazole (methimazole): You should be seen by a competent endocrinologist. You should have a t3, t4, and TSH thyroid battery of blood tests. You may want to have an ultrasound of your thyroid. Assuming your thyroid is enlarged and TSH is very low, try tapazole (methimazole). Inexpensive and very effective but must be prescribed by a physician. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged thyroid of concern when all thyroid blood work comes back normal?

Is an enlarged thyroid of concern when all thyroid blood work comes back normal?

Yes: Goiter can still, exist and be a problem.
Also depends on the chemistry doneā€”if may be normal ...Read more

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My husband has an enlarged thyroid and doc wants to remove it completely. Has anyone had this before?

Endocrinologist: Please see an endocrinologist if your husband hasn't already. Lots of reasons to have an enlarged thyroid. Some get smaller, depending on the underlying condition, with medical treatment. An endocrinologist should be able to determine if surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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I am a 43 year old female with unilateral thyroid enlargement. Been obvious for at least 6 months. Am absolutely terrified. Any advice?

Don't worry: See a thyroidologist to determine why one side is bigger. Is it a nodule or cyst? Have him/her check it out. ...Read more

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I have been taking. 05 MG levothyroxine for a year now to treat an enlarged thyroid. Dr.recommended switching to tirosint. What is the difference?

I have been taking. 05 MG levothyroxine for a year now to treat an enlarged thyroid. Dr.recommended switching to tirosint. What is the difference?

Brand vs Generic: Are you seeing an endocrinologist? The diff between levothyroxine (LT4) & Tirosint is the name. LT4 is the chemical name of the main thyroid hormone. Tirosint is a brand of Lt4. If poss people should stay on the same brand of LT4. There is a bigger question. Why are you on it? For thyroid dz I agree. For an enlarged thyroid some get some dec in thyroid size with LT4, but risks outweigh benefits. ...Read more

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Could and enlarged thyroid cause indgestion such as needing to burp all the time..

Thyromegaly: Severe thyromegaly (goiter) can cause difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, or hoarseness and usually without hormonal changes. Thyroid glands that cause these symptoms are usually large enough for you to feel by palpating at the base of your neck above the collar bones, esp with swallowing. Sometimes you can even see fullness/swelling in the neck. Obesity can hide this exam. ...Read more

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How can enlarged thyroid with throat tightening or throat spasm be treated

How can enlarged thyroid with throat tightening or throat spasm be treated

Goiter: If the thyroid is large it can cause narrowing of the airway and that is an indication for surgery. You should have your thyroid hormone levels checked, if hyper or hypoactive it can be treated. If the hormone level is normal, you should have a cat scan to determine if the gland is narrowing the breathing pipe or trachea. If so surgery may treat your problem. Finally you should look for other causes of shortness of breath including asthma or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have congenital hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid, any suggestions?

Suggests: You are taking too low a dose of thyroid replacement therapy, but don't change dose yourself;
have md check free T4 and TSH to decide and help find right dose for you. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, what does that mean?

Different causes: Possible but all enlargement must be scrutinized for the bad causes. See ur doc or Endocrinology, and soon. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

Goiter: This is usually due to inflammation which may be acute secondary to infection or may be chronic due to an autoimmune disorder. In rare cases it can be due to a mass ie cancer or a fluid collection or cyst. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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