How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

Depends on the cause. If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery.
You can't . Thyroid nodules don't shrink, and there is no medicine or other treatment that will shrink them short of surgical removal.
Options. It depends on what the nodule is doing. Surgery is the most effective way to remove symptomatic thyroid nodule, however, not all patients are surgical candidates, so alternative treatment options are needed. If the nodule is a hot nodule, you can shrink it with radioactive iodine. Percutaneous ethanol injection (pei) is also an option (although not commonly done anymore).

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Will gluten free diet shrink a thyroid nodule?

No. No. There is little you can do to shrink a nodule. Some docs put you on levothyroxine to "rest" the thyroid in the hopes it will shrink, but it usually does not work. If the nodule is benign (needs ultrasound and biopsy), don't worry about it. See your endocrinologist. Read more...

Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

Thyroid nodules. In some cases, taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy can shrink thyroid nodules. Sometimes, though, all we do with this treatment is keep the thyroid nodules from growing. Read more...
No. There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them. Read more...

Does anyone know if medication can shrink thyroid nodules?

Depends. If its a colloid nodule; possibly. Solid nodules are not likely to respond. The ata recommends against use of T4 for nodules. Read more...

Can you have thyroid nodules shrunk without having to take them out surgically?

Yes. Some radiologists and endocrinologists have been injecting nodules with alcohol to shrink them. It is very painful but it usually works. Thyroid hormone does not usually shrink most nodules. Read more...