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Doctor insights on: Why Do Thyroid Nodules Grow Fast

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Dr. Steve Martinez Dr. Martinez
Breast Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Leena Varughese Dr. Varughese
Pathology
9 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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.

Dr. Eric Whitman Dr. Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
32 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Farhad Sigari Dr. Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Bruce J. Stringer Dr. Stringer
Radiology
43 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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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).

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Videh Mahajan Dr. Mahajan
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Guru Govind Singh Medical College
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer Dr. Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
14 years in practice
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Val Koganski Dr. Koganski
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Sverdlovsk Medical Institute
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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.

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Dr. Mark Loury Dr. Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Nika Ferdowsi Dr. Ferdowsi
Family Medicine
years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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?

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

Depends: It is possible to have normal TSH levels, and it is also possible to have abnormal TSH levels. Benign nodules may or may not change in size. Anytime there is a change in nodule size (especially a rapid growth) anywhere on the body, it's good to have it reevaluated by a doctor.

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Dr. Samuel Freedman Dr. Freedman
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Lori Wagner Dr. Wagner
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Korona Dr. Korona
Radiology - Interventional
29 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Lang Dr. Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Corinne Deurdulian Dr. Deurdulian
Radiology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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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.

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