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Thyroid Gland (Definition)

Thyroid gland is also known as Thyroid. It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...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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Bilateral thyroid lobes are enlarged and show diffuse heterogeneous echotexture with increased vascularity. What does that mean?

Bilateral thyroid lobes are enlarged and show diffuse heterogeneous echotexture with increased vascularity.  What does that mean?

Thyroid: What have your doctors said about this. There are many options that include surgery or doing nothing. You can rely on your doctors for your management. If your thyroid levels are OK and your thyroid gland is not very enlarged it would be OK to have nothing done aside from regular examination. ...Read more

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What are ill-defined thyroid nodules with diffuse heterogeneous echotexture?

What are ill-defined thyroid nodules with diffuse heterogeneous echotexture?

Usually description: of possible nodules in a gland with inflammation=thyroiditis needs follow up ultrasound 1 year and check and follow-up of thyroid function tests 1-2 x /year ...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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Thyroid labs in normal range, u/s showed several small cysts and mildly heterogeneous echotexture but been having many symptoms, runs in fam, c a endo?

Thyroid labs in normal range, u/s showed several small cysts and mildly heterogeneous echotexture but been having many symptoms, runs in fam, c a endo?

Maybe: If the thyroid testing was complete and entirely normal, one can be comfortable that the symptoms are not from am abnormality of thyroid function. The ultrasound findings are minor and very unlikely to cause any symptoms. I would discuss with your primary physician whether your symptoms might be related to any other hormonal problems with which an endocrinologist could be helpful. ...Read more

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What causes this finding on u/s "thyroid demonstrating mild heterogeneous echotexture of the parenchyma" -- my dr said it was "fine" .My TSH is normal?

Possibilities: It means your thyroid is not as smooth as it should be. This could be normal or indicates autoimmune thyroid disease. Since your TSH is normal then no hurry but on the next blood test ask your doc to also check your thyroid antibodies. ...Read more

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I have a normal TSH and heterogeneous echotexture. Enlarged thyroid gland which i was told not to worry nothings wrong with my thyroid. Any advice?

I have a normal TSH and heterogeneous echotexture. Enlarged thyroid gland which i was told not to worry nothings wrong with my thyroid. Any advice?

Goiter: Hterogenous thyroid can be due to simple goiter and may be associated with hyperthyriodism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodule, thyroditis and thyroid cancer if you were told not to worry by your endocrinologist means they have ruled out treatable conditions. ...Read more

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Scan shows 2.1 CM nodule on thyroid Hypervascular on color Doppler slight heterogenous echotexture / incomplete pseudocapsule RLLProb cancer or no?

Scan shows 2.1 CM nodule on thyroid 
Hypervascular on color Doppler  slight heterogenous echotexture / incomplete pseudocapsule RLLProb cancer or no?

Need cells: Hi. You need an FNA. There are some ultrasound (U/S) characteristics that can suggest cancer (irregular borders, micro-calcifications, hypo-echoic, vascularity), but all you need at this point is an FNA for cells (and hopefully gene testing). Good luck! ...Read more

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