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Whats the treatment for follicular adenoma thyroid nodules?

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

In brief: Watch them

Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation.
They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms.

In brief: Watch them

Unless they are large, the treatment for adenomas of the thyroid is observation.
They are removed when they are bug enough to cause symptoms.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
Dr. Farhad Sigari
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Observe or surgery

It depends how the diagnosis was reached.
If this was through a needle biopsy, you may have to remove. If this is the final diagnosis then you are done. To rule out thyroid cancer they usually need to see the capsule.

In brief: Observe or surgery

It depends how the diagnosis was reached.
If this was through a needle biopsy, you may have to remove. If this is the final diagnosis then you are done. To rule out thyroid cancer they usually need to see the capsule.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: None (in theory)

If everyone is certain that the nodule is a benign tumor, or adenoma, no treatment is necessary.
The problem is that cells from follicular adenomas & follicular cancers can look identical. However, somewhere in the cancer, cells are growing through the capsule or into blood vessels or lymph vessels. So most follicular adenomas are removed to make sure a follicular cancer is not missed.

In brief: None (in theory)

If everyone is certain that the nodule is a benign tumor, or adenoma, no treatment is necessary.
The problem is that cells from follicular adenomas & follicular cancers can look identical. However, somewhere in the cancer, cells are growing through the capsule or into blood vessels or lymph vessels. So most follicular adenomas are removed to make sure a follicular cancer is not missed.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Susan Wingo
I should add that if the follicular adenomas overproduce thyroid hormone, treatment is needed, and would usually be either surgery to remove the side of the thyroid with the adenoma, or a pill with radioactive iodine to kill it.
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