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What is the management of a thyroid nodule?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If it is solid in ultrasound a biopsy can be done.
This can be done with a needle. If it is growing, might as well remove it. If it is symptomatic remove it.

In brief: Depends

If it is solid in ultrasound a biopsy can be done.
This can be done with a needle. If it is growing, might as well remove it. If it is symptomatic remove it.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Variable

Management depends on a number of factors like if the patient is hypothyroid or hypothyroid at the same time or their thyroid function is normal.
Also depends on the size of the nodule and characteristics on ultrasound. Lastly whether the patient has a single nodule or a multinodular thyroid gland matters. That is why a thyroid specialist should always see you if a nodule is discovered.

In brief: Variable

Management depends on a number of factors like if the patient is hypothyroid or hypothyroid at the same time or their thyroid function is normal.
Also depends on the size of the nodule and characteristics on ultrasound. Lastly whether the patient has a single nodule or a multinodular thyroid gland matters. That is why a thyroid specialist should always see you if a nodule is discovered.
Dr. Alen Cohen
Dr. Alen Cohen
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Several steps

The 1st step is to see if it is overproducing thyroid hormone(< 5% do).
If so, it is treated with surgery or radioactive iodine. If not, the next step is to determine if it is cancerous(~ 5% are). If so, the next step is surgery. If not cancerous, it can be followed unless it is so large that it is causing trouble swallowing, hoarseness, or uncomfortable pressure in the neck; if so, surgery.

In brief: Several steps

The 1st step is to see if it is overproducing thyroid hormone(< 5% do).
If so, it is treated with surgery or radioactive iodine. If not, the next step is to determine if it is cancerous(~ 5% are). If so, the next step is surgery. If not cancerous, it can be followed unless it is so large that it is causing trouble swallowing, hoarseness, or uncomfortable pressure in the neck; if so, surgery.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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