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What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

Fewer echoes on US: Hypoechoic describes the appearance of a nodule on ultrasound (us). It refers to a nodule that reflects back fewer sound waves compared to the normal thyroid tissue around it. While most thyroid cancers are hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are not cancers. But a hypoechoic nodule may have a slightly higher risk of being a cancer than other nodules. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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What the chance of hypoechoic nodules in thyroid ultrasound is cancer in a 40 years old female?

Low: Thyroid nodules are common. More than 80% are benign. Yet they require follow up with serial ultrasounds as advised by your doctor. Most patients do fine with once yearly ultrasound follow up for any change in size of the nodules. ...Read more

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3x1x2mm hypoechoic nodule on thyroid u/s. Report said most likely a complex cyst. Dr said I don't need a f/u u/s unless he feels something. True?

Thyroid ultrasound: The hypoechic nodule is quite small and it is no surprise that he felt nothing. The surprise is "Why did you have the test?" If you can, please let me know what led up to this testing. ...Read more

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Can hypoechoic nodules in thyroid cause you to feel sick?

Can hypoechoic nodules in thyroid cause you to feel sick?

Unlikely: They typically do not affect the function of the thyroid so you shouldn't "feel sick" with the presence of nodules. Unless they are very large and cause compressive symptoms. In that case, it is obvious and you would know why you feel sick. ...Read more

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What does it mean when hypoechoic nodules keep forming on thyroid?

Multinodular Thyroid: Usually this is seen in patients with multinodular glands. If the thyroid is enlarged we say multinodular goiter. Most of the time, the nodules are benign but enlargement, calcifications, irregular margins and other findings may suggest the need for biopsy. ...Read more

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Can the hypoechoic&isochoic nodules&cysts in my thyroid be cancerous?

Can the hypoechoic&isochoic nodules&cysts in my thyroid be cancerous?

Not possible to say: It is not possible to say without seeing what they look like. Sometimes it is necessary to undergo additional tests to determine whether or not they are cancerous. Best talk to your doctor for guidance ...Read more

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3mm solid hypoechoic nodule, and mildly enlarge thyroid, what next step?

Observe: As i mentioned you should see a thyroidologist to determine if the nodule appears benign. If so perhaps a repeat ultrasound as well as thyroid blood tests to determine why the gland is enlarged. ...Read more

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I had an thyroid us, a 3mm hypoechoic solid nodule, but when i see the images other similars areas are shown, should I ask for a review of the us?

I had an thyroid us, a 3mm hypoechoic solid nodule, but when i see the images   other similars areas are shown, should I ask for a review of the us?

No : 3 mm is very small. Even if you have more it would not change anything. The only thing you need is to have another ultrasound in the future (1yr) and see if anything changes. ...Read more

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Thyroid us after 3 mos: "previously noted ill-defined hypoechoic nodule now felt to represent an area of more focal heterogeneous thyroid tissue...?

Common: They couldn't really know for sure if there was a nodule the first time, that's why they said "ill-defined". Now they think it's just tissues and not a nodule. This happens all the time. That's the nature of ultrasound and the thyroid. ...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