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Is a heterogeneous thyroid nodule cancerous?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Each thyroid nodule has an approx.
5% chance of malignancy, thus a heterogenous could be cancerous. Looking at it the other way, a heterogenous nodule has a 95% chance of not being cancerous.

In brief: Possibly

Each thyroid nodule has an approx.
5% chance of malignancy, thus a heterogenous could be cancerous. Looking at it the other way, a heterogenous nodule has a 95% chance of not being cancerous.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck
2 doctors agree

In brief: Heterogenous nodule

Although heterogeneity is a feature of malignant thyroid nodules, it's not an absolute.
There are several features on ultrasound which suggest malignancy but all should lead your doctor to performing or ordering an ultrasound guided biopsy.

In brief: Heterogenous nodule

Although heterogeneity is a feature of malignant thyroid nodules, it's not an absolute.
There are several features on ultrasound which suggest malignancy but all should lead your doctor to performing or ordering an ultrasound guided biopsy.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Dr. Stuart Seigel
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Not necessarily

Not necessarily. Lots of nodules are heterogeneous and lots of those are benign.
In fact most of them are benign.

In brief: Not necessarily

Not necessarily. Lots of nodules are heterogeneous and lots of those are benign.
In fact most of them are benign.
Dr. Stuart Seigel
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology

In brief: Not necessarily...

There are many factors that help to gauge one's suspicion of a thyroid nodule being cancerous or not: is the lesion growing or stable? Is it heterogenous or homogenous? Is it cystic or solid? Does it have calcifications? Does it have regular borders? Etc.
... In the end, a biopsy (perhaps with genetic analysis) would be the best way to determine the malignant potential of a thyroid nodule.

In brief: Not necessarily...

There are many factors that help to gauge one's suspicion of a thyroid nodule being cancerous or not: is the lesion growing or stable? Is it heterogenous or homogenous? Is it cystic or solid? Does it have calcifications? Does it have regular borders? Etc.
... In the end, a biopsy (perhaps with genetic analysis) would be the best way to determine the malignant potential of a thyroid nodule.
Dr. Barry Kahn
Dr. Barry Kahn
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