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Do thyroid nodules need to be removed?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: In certain cases
Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery.
Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination.

In brief: In certain cases
Many thyroid nodules need to be surgically removed, while others will never require surgery.
Each case is individualized and there are many gray areas. It is really difficult to give a meaningful response to that question in the absence of a history and physical examination.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Only cancerous nodules, or those for which cancer can't be ruled out, need to be removed.
Since 90-95% of thyroid nodules are benign, thyroid nodules that are very small, have low risk features on ultrasound, or have been shown to be benign with an fna, or biopsy, do not require any treatment. They should be re-checked with repeat exams or ultrasound to make sure they are not growing.

In brief: No
Only cancerous nodules, or those for which cancer can't be ruled out, need to be removed.
Since 90-95% of thyroid nodules are benign, thyroid nodules that are very small, have low risk features on ultrasound, or have been shown to be benign with an fna, or biopsy, do not require any treatment. They should be re-checked with repeat exams or ultrasound to make sure they are not growing.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Kathleen Hands
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Size?
Nodules with suspicious features over 1 cm should be biopsied under ultrasound guidance to determine if benign or suspicious.
There are molecular tests to help avoid surgery as well.

In brief: Size?
Nodules with suspicious features over 1 cm should be biopsied under ultrasound guidance to determine if benign or suspicious.
There are molecular tests to help avoid surgery as well.
Dr. Kathleen Hands
Dr. Kathleen Hands
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