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Doctor insights on: Why Do Thyroid Nodules Grow Fast

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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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If they just found a 1.1 CM solid thyroid nodule how fast should I get it biopsy will this starts to grow very quickly?

If they just found a 1.1 CM solid thyroid nodule how fast should I get it biopsy will this starts to grow very quickly?

Depends: You can get a fine needle aspiration, which is relatively non-invasive to obtain a diagnosis. Getting the advice of your clinician on this matter because he/she knows your clinical situation is recommended. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

Sometimes: The diagnosis of thyroid cancer is generally made by biopsying a thyroid nodule, but most nodules are not cancerous and many do not need to be biopsied. The best thing to do is to be examined by somebody who is very experienced in this area. ...Read more

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Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Fast growing thyroid nodules - what do they mean?

Be evaluated: Most thyroid modules don't grow fast even those involving most thyroid cancers. Those that do should be evaluated as they can be concerning for aggressive thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Can thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Variables: Radioactive Iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism tends to have a much higher success rate than medications. Depending on the dose of radioactive iodine chosen, and the disease under treatment (Grave's vs toxic goitre, vs hot nodule etc), success rate in achieving definitive resolution of the hyperthyroidism may vary from 75-100%. A major expected side effect of radioactive iodine in hypothyroidism ...Read more

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Could thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Yes: Radio iodine is a labeled form of iodine that localizes in thyroid tissue. If the dose of radiation delivered partially shrinks the nodule there is still functioning thyroid tissue which can be further treated. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule removed. Will another one grow back?

Possible: Many people will form multiple nodules. If you already have had one you certainly can form another. ...Read more

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Is my thyroid nodule "fast growing" and cancerous?

Is my thyroid nodule "fast growing" and cancerous?

Could be: Rapid growth of known thyroid nodule could be malignant, or bleed into the nodule, see your doctor to find the cause (and to treat). ...Read more

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Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Can a malignant thyroid nodule grow quickly?

Yes: It depends on the type of thyroid cancer. Papillary, follcular, and medullary thyroid cancers are typically slow growing. Anaplastic thyroid cancer are very fast growing. Fortunately, this type of cancer is very rare. ...Read more

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How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

How can a thyroid nodule grow in a gland bed of post total thyroidectomy?

Radioactive iodine?: Did you ever have a radioactive iodine ablation to get rid of remnant tissue? Residual tissue in the thyroid bed could be remnant tissue or recurrence. ...Read more

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Small thyroid nodule on right side of neck only; hasn't noticeably grown in five years. Chance it will ever grow? What percent of nodules do grow?

Variable: If the nodule is "small" and hasn't grown in five years, it is probably benign and not a problem. Keep watching it, and check an ultrasound as you probably will form further nodules in the future. ...Read more

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Can 50mcg of Synthroid (thyroxine) make thyroid nodules grow?

Can 50mcg of Synthroid (thyroxine) make thyroid nodules grow?

NO: Thyroid supplementation occasionally can help to shrink a nodule, and has been used to suppress the growth. ...Read more

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What would cause a thyroid nodule to hemorrhage and grow quickly? Some kind of illness? Trauma?

Vascular: Thyroid nodules can be very vascular and may not have a firm supporting structure so vessels in the nodule can break causing bleeding into it. Sometimes it can lose the blood supply in the center and become necrotic and then hemorrhage. Rarely there can be a viral thyroid infection causing swelling and pain. ...Read more

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Do solid benign thyroid nodules grow quickly? And could you have normal TSH levels with a solid benign nodule on the thyroid?

Nodules: Growth of thyroid nodules may represent malignancy. The only way to really know is to perform fna biopsy. Many patients with solid thyroid nodules will have normal tsh. Thyroid scans are generally no longer thought to be useful in distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules. Rai thyroid scans should be ordered in patients with suspected hyperthyroidism, not routinely for all patients. ...Read more

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.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

.6mx.5mmx.3.4mm cystic thyroid nodule which is hypoechoic. Cancer risk? Grow. 2mm since 1, 5 years. Really worrying that's hypoechoic please explain

Likely benign: Cystic hypoechoic nodule is usually benign particularly without solid components. However some malignant tumors have cystic components. 0.2mm growth in 11/2 years is slow growth. Most malignant tumors grow faster. Most nodules less than 1 cm are not biopsied. Most small nodules are usually benign. You are correct in getting follow up US exams. Hyperechoic lesions are denser sometimes with calcium. ...Read more

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Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.

Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.

Nodule: A single rapidly growing thyroid nodule is concerning regardless of thyroid function. If it has doubled in size in a short time or measures over 1 cm it necessitates a biosy to rule out malignancy. ...Read more

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Besides genetics, what determines the chance of a solid thyroid nodule being cancerous? I have a solid nodule that has grown fast and normal TSH level

Besides genetics, what determines the chance of a solid thyroid nodule being cancerous? I have a solid nodule that has grown fast and normal TSH level

Cancer risk: Risk of cancer is higher in patients < 20 and > 70, and in males. Concern for cancer higher if fixed (non-mobile), fast growing, lymph nodes in the neck, firm/hard, history of neck radiation, problems swallowing/talking/breathing. A TSH that is normal is actually more concerning as well. Typically if > 1cm and normal tsh, biopsy is performed. Especially if any other risk factors present. ...Read more

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Bilateral thyroid nodules?

Bilateral thyroid nodules?

See ENT surgeon.: You may need an ultrasound guided biopsy. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules common?

Yes: Thyroid nodules occur in up to 50% of the worlds population. Modern ultrasound equipment can detect very small nodules that were not detectable with older machines. Only about 5% of nodules are cancerous. Nodules tend to increase in frequency as one matures. ...Read more

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Can thyroid nodules shrink?

Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule. ...Read more

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What are thyroid nodules from?

Lumps in the gland: Nodules may be single or multiple (multinodular goiter) and may be due to benign colloid accumulations or 10% of the time cancer. See a thyroidologist to get a fine needle aspiration of any nodules that look suspicious on ultrasound. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules moveable?

Part of the gland: They will move upward with the rest of the gland when you swallow, and you can move them just as you can move your larynx and trachea once you know your way around your neck. Your physician can help you make the distinction from a lymph node or other mass. ...Read more

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What can thyroid nodules mean?

Depends: Thyroid nodules are very common in the population, especially in women. Most are benign. Biopsy is indicated if they are larger than 1 cm in size and mostly solid. Thyroid function should also be assessed. ...Read more

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...Read more

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Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?

In certain cases: Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery. Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more

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How and how come thyroid nodules form?

Luck of the draw: Some thyroid nodules are the result of radiation exposure (like chernobyl}. Many people form colloid cysts which are incidental and of no significance. Some may have a family history for a tendency of thyroid tumors. Whatever the cause, they need to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Are multiple thyroid nodules dangerous?

Not necessarily: The main risk from multiple thyroid nodules is that it can be impossible to adequately biopsy all the nodules, as is possible with fewer or solitary nodules. This could make it harder to diagnose the nature of a given nodule, . ...Read more

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What are the tests for thyroid nodules?

What are the tests for thyroid nodules?

TSH ultrasound: Tsh (blood test) to check thyroid function, ultrasound to characterise the nodule (how many, size, solid vs. Cyst, suspicion for malignancy), fine needle aspiration (fna) for suspicious nodules. ...Read more

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