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What are typical treatments for a thyroid nodule?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Options

Depends on the size of the nodule, you can either do an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out cancer or follow it with yearly ultrasound to make sure that it's not growing or do the biopsy if it grows.
If it's causing swallowing/breathing problem or if it's producing extra hormone, surgical removal is also an option. If biopsy showed cancer, you will need surgery.

In brief: Options

Depends on the size of the nodule, you can either do an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out cancer or follow it with yearly ultrasound to make sure that it's not growing or do the biopsy if it grows.
If it's causing swallowing/breathing problem or if it's producing extra hormone, surgical removal is also an option. If biopsy showed cancer, you will need surgery.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Nodule

Typically nodules are not "treated".
Large nodules greater than1 centimeter need to be biopsied. Very large nodules over 3-5 cm need removal.

In brief: Nodule

Typically nodules are not "treated".
Large nodules greater than1 centimeter need to be biopsied. Very large nodules over 3-5 cm need removal.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Malignant nodules are treated surgically.
As long as thyroid function is normal, no treatment is usually required for benign nodules. Thyroid function tests and nodule size measured with ultrasound should be checked periodically.

In brief: Depends

Malignant nodules are treated surgically.
As long as thyroid function is normal, no treatment is usually required for benign nodules. Thyroid function tests and nodule size measured with ultrasound should be checked periodically.
Dr. Martin Linder
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Dr. Carl Decker
Treatment with radiopharmaceuticals may also be necessary in the setting of malignancy or an autonomously functioning adenoma.
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