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Does calcification in thyroid nodules mean that you have cancer?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: It depends

It depends upon the pattern of the calcification.
"eggshell" calcification, where there is a thin calcific rim around the the nodule is not associated with an increased risk of cancer, while "microcalcifications" inside the nodule are associated with a much higher risk of cancer, 50-100%, compared to 5% for nodules in general.

In brief: It depends

It depends upon the pattern of the calcification.
"eggshell" calcification, where there is a thin calcific rim around the the nodule is not associated with an increased risk of cancer, while "microcalcifications" inside the nodule are associated with a much higher risk of cancer, 50-100%, compared to 5% for nodules in general.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
This a very good explanation of the meaning of microcalcification in an ultrasound report.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
This a very good explanation of the meaning of microcalcification in an ultrasound report.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Not necessarily

But calcium in thyroid nodules can be associated with cancer and its presence may increase the concern of your physicians and make biopsy and/or surgery more likely.

In brief: Not necessarily

But calcium in thyroid nodules can be associated with cancer and its presence may increase the concern of your physicians and make biopsy and/or surgery more likely.
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Not always

However we do worry about nodules with calcification more than other nodules as a significantly higher rate of being malignant.

In brief: Not always

However we do worry about nodules with calcification more than other nodules as a significantly higher rate of being malignant.
Dr. Alen Cohen
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