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What are the different treatments for thyroid nodules?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Most Are Benign

Doctors' dont "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems.
Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for ca they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more.

In brief: Most Are Benign

Doctors' dont "treat" thyroid nodules unless there is concern for cancer or they get big enough that they cause problems.
Solitary nodules are more concerning for cancer than thyroids with multiple nodules in them. If there is a concern for ca they are biopsied. If worrisome, the half portion of the thyroid with the nodule is removed, not just the nodule. See my comment below for more.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
Sometimes placing patients on thyroid harmone can theoterically prevent the growth of a nodule if it has been deemed to be benign after a biopsy. So other than removing the thyroid or placing one on Thyroid hormone there is no "treatment" for nodules...they are usually benign!
Dr. Mark Deutsch
Depending on patient demographics most nodules are benign. If the nodule is greater than 1cm and depending on other patient factors a tissue diagnosis is usually recommended. This would consist of a fine needle aspiration biopsy or open surgical biopsy performed in the operating room.
Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Depends

Some nodules are observed, some are recommended to be removed via a hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy.
All nodules over 1 cm need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist or thyroid surgeon and many will need to be biopsied.

In brief: Depends

Some nodules are observed, some are recommended to be removed via a hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy.
All nodules over 1 cm need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist or thyroid surgeon and many will need to be biopsied.
Dr. Alen Cohen
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