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If a person had their thyroid burnt out at least 30 years ago because of a goiter, wouldn't it be obilterated? What if the person had a u/s done and it showed throid tissue that was abnormal? What would the indications be?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Depends

You said your "thyroid burnt out" so i suspect you had radiation therapy.
Such treatment will not "obliterate" your tissue completely so you will have remnants of your thyroid remaining. The current ultrasound might have just picked up those tissues. If you didn't have thyroid cancer 30 years ago and your thyroid level is current ok, you might just follow this and biopsy if it changes in time.

In brief: Depends

You said your "thyroid burnt out" so i suspect you had radiation therapy.
Such treatment will not "obliterate" your tissue completely so you will have remnants of your thyroid remaining. The current ultrasound might have just picked up those tissues. If you didn't have thyroid cancer 30 years ago and your thyroid level is current ok, you might just follow this and biopsy if it changes in time.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Thomas Benda
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Might be normal

Frequently when surgery is done for goiter not all of the thyroid is removed, especially 30 years ago.
So seeing thyroid tissue on u/s may be no big deal. History of thyroid cancer is a different story. If tissue looks abnormal u/s guided needle biopsy may be best way to know if there is a problem.

In brief: Might be normal

Frequently when surgery is done for goiter not all of the thyroid is removed, especially 30 years ago.
So seeing thyroid tissue on u/s may be no big deal. History of thyroid cancer is a different story. If tissue looks abnormal u/s guided needle biopsy may be best way to know if there is a problem.
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