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I have stable, dominant 10 mm left thyroid nodule with possible internal microcalcifications. What does it mean ? Do I need thyroid scan ?

Thyroidologist: Usually, in women especially multiple thyroid nodules are all benign. However,that being said, if there's any doubt a needle biopsy is the diagnostic procedure of choice. I feel that an endocrinologist or preferably a thyroidologist is best qualified to evaluate, treat and follow you. Thyroid scans or ultrasounds alone don't usually settle the problem in my experience. ...Read more

Microcalcifications (Definition)

Microcalcifications are tiny specks of mineral deposits (calcium), that can be scattered throughout the mammary gland, or occur in clusters. When found on a mammogram, a radiologist will then decide whether the specks are of concern - usually, this is not the case. Commonly, they simply indicate the presence of tiny benign cysts, but can signify the presence ...Read more


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What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

What are the chances a 4mm thyroid nodule with microcalcifications present is malignant? What are the cure and survival rates for a 29 y. O. Male?

As above : Obviously u r concerned , to reduce u anxiety ask u treating physician , that way in the future u can get used to ask any question u may have. ...Read more

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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...Read more

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What does microcalcification in thyroid nodule mean?

Usually biopsy: Fine microcalfications in a solid nodule can be seen in certain thyroid cancers (papillary most commonly). Ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy is often performed in this setting. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

No: Thyroid nodules with calcifications need to be fully evaluated, but just because they have calcifications, doesn't mean that they are cancerous. Don't delay, get evaluated. ...Read more

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Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Percentage of thyroid nodules with microcalcification who had radiation as child that is malignant?

Biopsy: Thyroid nodules with microcalcifications are considered suspicious and therefore fine needle aspirations should be considered for definitive diagnosis. If fna fails to make the diagnosis, surgical excision may be considered. ...Read more

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How often are thyroid nodule microcalcifications cancerous? Can capsule be ruptured during biopsy?

How often are thyroid nodule microcalcifications cancerous? Can capsule be ruptured during biopsy?

Common. No: Depending on the exact type of microcalcification, there is a significant rate of cancer. So nodules with microcalcs should be biopsied. There is minimal risk to doing thyroid fine needle aspiration/biopsy. No issues with rupture of the capsule, spread of cancer, etc. ...Read more

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I have a 4.4cmx3.5cmx1.1cm solid thyroid nodule. The report read "Microcalcifications" and "Hypervascular". What is the likelihood that it is cancer?

I have a 4.4cmx3.5cmx1.1cm solid thyroid nodule. The report read "Microcalcifications" and "Hypervascular". What is the likelihood that it is cancer?

Needs Biopsy: Thyroid nodule with microcalcification&hypervascularity have a likelihood of being Cancerous in about approx 5.3 % of cases according to literature.Ask your endocrinologist for Biopsy We really need other teatures like irregular or regular border,Pattern of calcifications like few few or snowstorm parttern,minimal or high internal flow These are other features taken into account to prediction ...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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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more