Are thyroid nodules same as goiter?

Nodules and goiter. A nodule is a knot. You can have 1 or multiple in the thyroid. Goiter means an enlarged thyroid. Hence, you can have multiple nodules causing what is known as a mulitnodular goiter.
Not exactly. Thyroid nodules are specific growths coming out of the thyroid gland. A goiter refers to diffuse enlargement of the entire thyroid gland. Nodules and goiters look different on thyroid imaging and usually indicate different problems. However, one could also have a multinodular goiter, in which the thyroid gland has many nodules that cause the entire gland to be enlarged.

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What is the difference between thyroid nodules (thyroid normal size with several nodules on left an right side) and goiter?

Thyroid. Thyroid nodules are projections from the gland can be 'hot' or 'cold' meaning they may or may not function and produce hormone. These need follow up. Goiter is when the gland is enlarged and this can occur from iodine deficiency and other entities. Read more...

Can huge hypervascular thyroid nodule be goiter?

Yes. By definition, any enlargement of the thyroid gland is a goiter. So if the nodule is causing the thyroid to be enlarged, there is a goiter. The question is, what is the cause of the nodule? Sounds like a biopsy is in your future. Read more...

Does a single solid thyroid nodule grow rapidly if it is benign? The nodule is not a goiter. Tsh levels are normal.

Nodule. A single rapidly growing thyroid nodule is concerning regardless of thyroid function. If it has doubled in size in a short time or measures over 1 cm it necessitates a biosy to rule out malignancy. Read more...

A solid benign thyroid nodule that is not a goiter and normal TSH levels. What is it?

Adenoma. If there is a solitary thyroid gland nodule, that has been removed and examined under a microscrope using sections taken from the tumor, is called an adenoma. If there is invasion, then it is a carcinoma. There are some rare benign tumors (teratoma, solitary fibrous tumor, trabecular hyalinizing tumor) that could be a benign thyroid tumor. Read more...
A growth. If it's indeed "benign" (by biopsy) and the TSH is "normal", then this is just a growth on your thyroid (just like a growth anywhere else). The problem with biopsy is not all the nodule is cancerous, that is, there could be a little fleck of cancer within the nodule that can be missed during the biopsy process. That's why we recommend serial followup and not just stop after a benign biopsy. Read more...
Nodule. I presume its been biopsied. If its benign it likely represents inflammation from autoimmune thyroid disease. Continue to monitor it carefully - if it is single and getting larger it may require a second biopsy or removal. Read more...

Can having a goiter and thyroid nodules make you feel unwell.. im so exhausted, my blood tests are not showing I have an under or over active thyroid?

Unlikely. Nodules of the thyroid usually produce no symptoms unless they are very large and pushing on your breathing or swallowing tube. If thyroid blood tests are normal, it means that your tiredness is related to something else. Other common causes are anemia, depression, diabetes, lack of exercise. You should see your doctor for evaluation. Read more...

Hashimito's plus thyroid nodule. FNA benign 1 year ago. Repeat ultrasound shows thickened isthmus from what was 4 MM to 6MM. Is this same as goiter?

Possibly. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis based on autoimmunity. On gross examination, there is often a hard goitre, not painful . Goiter is an abnormal swelling of thyroid resulting in a lump in the neck. It arises from many causes, including under- or overactive thyroid, iodine deficiency and, rarely, thyroid cancer If nodule enlarges and is cold may need bx again. Read more...