How is the diagnosis of multinodular goiter made?

Exam or ultrasound. Sometimes the diagnosis can be made on the basis of the physical examination alone; in other cases an ultrasound of the thyroid may be required to demonstrate the multi nodular nature of the gland.

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Thyroid sono showed heterogeneous gland with multinodular goiter (positive hashimoto's diagnosis;on synthroid)-follow up sono when?

10---15 days. You have autoimmune hypothyroidism and need to to be seen by an endocrinologist , who want to be sure cold or hot nodules and act accordingly and adjust synthroid (thyroxine). Read more...
Biopsy. Have you had a biopsy? Discuss indications with your doctor. After negative biopsy repeat ultrasound and consider rebiopsy if nodules increase in size. Make sure you are on brand name thyroid replacement and your level is normal. Read more...
Need clinical follow. You have multinodular goiter and positive for hashimoto antibodies, so it is auto immune condition and you are hypothyroid & thyroid replacement.You need regulat follow ups with repeat blood test fot tsh, T3 (liothyronine) and free t4.And if clinically the gland is getting large or you have symptoms related to the size of thyroid at the dicretion of the physician ultrasound may be repeated.Most multinodular not ca. Read more...

What is a multinodular goiter?

Large thyroid lumps. A 'goiter' refers to an enlarged thyroid gland. A multi-nodular goiter is usually diagnosed on an ultrasound scan when many lumps or 'nodules' are seen. Typically these are benign. 3 things to consider for nodular goiter: 1) big enough overall to cause problems with swallowing, voice, or breathing? 2) do nodules over-produce thyroid hormone? 3) are any of the larger or irregular nodules cancer? Read more...

Is multinodular goiter preventable?

Unknown. Unfortunately, the reasons for nodule development in the thyroid gland are not well understood. Read more...
Generally not. I suppose if you had your thyroid removed at birth, or took thyroid replacement since childhood it would be possible -- but since over 50% of the population that is otherwise normal has multiple thyroid nodules when they die of old age -- it's probably not preventable, but at least is not usually that significant a problem. Make sure it's followed properly, however. Read more...

Her ultrasound says it's a multinodular goiter. What is that?

See below. Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. The gland can be generally enlarged or have multiple growths (nodules) leading to enlargement of the whole thyroid gland. The latter is termed multinodular goiter. The nodules are generally benign (noncancerous). The ultrasound appearance is correlated with how well the thyroid works using blood tests of thyroid function. Read more...

What is the best way to treat toxic multinodular goiter?

Options. The "best" way will depend on your current clinical, and social circumstances. Your options include1) antithyroid pill to control the thyroid level, 2)radioactive iodine and 3) surgery. Choice 2 and 3 are considered curative options but you need to discuss the pros and cons of these options with your own physician who knows you best. Good luck. Read more...

What are the risks associated with a 2nd surgery for a moderate multinodular goiter?

There are several. Someone who has had prior thyroid surgery will have a lot of scarring or fibrosis in the area. This greatly increases the risk of damage to the parathyroid glands that control calcium metabolism, or to nerves that control the vocal cords and speaking voice in a second surgery. Also, if the thyroid extends down into the chest, the surgeon is more like to need to cut bones to enter the chest. Read more...
Nerve damage. Damage to the nerves to your voice box and the gland that regulates calcium. Read more...
Risk of redo surgery. Second surgery or redo surgery carries increased risk because your surgeon is going through scarred tissue instead of normal anatomy. Typically the surgeon goes slower and small structures like nerves and parathyroid glands are a bit more difficult to identify. Risk depends on the first surgery. If you had one side/lobe removed and now need the other side removed, redo risk does not apply. Read more...

I'm wondering are hashimoto's disease and multinodular goiter linked together?

They Can Be! Whenever the thyroid is under an autoimmune attack, the possibility of developing a multinodular goiter is significantly increased. Whether the goiter and nodules are from Hashimoto's or not, they need to be addressed and appropriately treated. Read more...
Nope. Hi. No, not the least bit linked. Hash glands can feel lumpy, however, like an MNG. Read more...