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Thyroid Nodules

The unusual growth of the thyroid cells forming a solid or fluid-filled lump in the thyroid gland is a thyroid nodule. A thyroid nodule is related to cancer. But the chances are meager. Different thyroid nodules are multinodular goiter, inflammatory nodule, colloid nodules, thyroid cysts, and hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules. A very low percentage of thyroid nodules are cancerous. Most of the nodules remain unnoticeable. Rarely they cause hoarseness of voice, pain in the neck, palpable mass, difficulty swallowing, etc. They can cause both hypo and hyperthyroidism. Watching, radioactive iodine, and surgeries are the available treatment options.

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I have taken thyroid scan. What other tests can rule out thyroid cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41 year old male. My recent ultrasound of thyroid revealed multiple bilateral ganglion formation in area IV. The most prominent was 11 x 8 mm diameter in lower right cervical area. It was mentioned homogeneous thyroid. My doctor suggests clinical follow up due to the number of gang...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Homogeneous thyroid usually suggests that gland is uniform in consistency meaning it is mostly benign. Thyroid nodules are fairly common; more so in women and the majority up to 95 % are benign. If you do not have major risk factors for thyroid cancer such as past exposur...  Read Full »

What is adenomatous thyroid hyperplasia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male of 39 years. I went for an ultrasound for my thyroid and the result is diffuse thyroid enlargement with small solid nodules consider adenomatous thyroid hyperplasia. My T3 result is 2.59, T4 135.4 and TSH 17.34, this result was taken before two months. After a month, I took T...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you had enlarged thyroid gland due to hyperthyroidism and the ultrasound also meant that the thyroid gland was enlarged simply because it was hyperfunctioning. And now that you are on medications...  Read Full »

I have thyroid nodules. Should I undergo surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41 year old male. My weight is 196 lbs and height is 6 feet. I have nodules in the thyroid gland since last two years. Initially, it started as a feeling of imbalance in the head about two years back. The initial assumption was vertigo and later it was found to be a small nodul...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Basically, your scan reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are showing that you have thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland) along with a nodule in the thyroid gland. Because of this problem you are having the symptoms. Initially,you had hyperth...  Read Full »

Do lumps in the throat indicate malignancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I felt two lumps in my throat next to my thyroid, so I was sent for a thyroid and lymph node ultrasound. For over a year, my symptoms, like fatigue, sweating, lack of concentration, etc., have slowly worsened. Is there any indication of a potential malignancy? Can you please review my re...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a dark area in the right lobe of the thyroid, of which I am concerned. Usually, thyroid nodules are of different types, and cancer cannot always be predicted from an ultrasound scan. Th...  Read Full »

What is causing my persistent cough and throat discomfort?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cough for six months, and now I have the feeling of something in my throat. I had a sinus X-ray, lungs checked, checked for asthma, swallow test done, and thyroids checked (I have a tiny nodule, in which the doctor said that would not make me cough). Do you have any suggestion...  Read Full »

Dr. Ohams Ike Henry

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cough you say is it dry or sputum? Are you losing weight? Is there any drenching night sweat and persistent low-grade fever? Is there any history of contact with someone with a chronic cough in your locality? Do you smoke, is your occupation such that you are...  Read Full »

Can mixed spongiform thyroid nodules be a malignant one?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female, 32 years old. I do not understand what my ultrasound report means. My gynecologist and PCP both felt a large mass on the right side of thyroid and told me that they have to refer me out and I need another biopsy. The last biopsy was a year back and it was benign. It was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you have a thyroid nodule. According to the guidelines, if the nodule is more than 75 % of spongiform appearance, then they are benign and if less than 75% then there is a chance of malignancy wh...  Read Full »

I am around 86 years old and have mild pain while swallowing saliva. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 86 years old and have mild pain while swallowing saliva and not with food or drinking water. I consulted doctors who said my throat was congested, and another suggested an MRI, which showed enlarged thyroid glands with colloid nodules, and no mass lymphadenopathy. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan (throat and neck) is normal and there are no enlarged neck nodes or masses and no difficulty swallowing or drinking. Then it is unlikely to be a malignancy. It can be due to allergy, infection...  Read Full »

Do I need a re-biopsy for my growing thyroid nodule?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism a few years ago. I have maintained a healthy lifestyle with no weight issues, a balanced diet, regular exercise, and no smoking or alcohol consumption. I am currently 47 years old and have not required any medication for my thyroid condition. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. It seems you have maintained a healthy lifestyle. However, please refrain from using kelp as a supplement, as it can be harmful when taken medicinally. Stick to the recommended daily allowance of 158 to 175 mcg. G...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with unspecified hypothyroidism and would like to know about my thyroid test results in detail. Kindly explain.

Query: Hi doctor, I just got my thyroid test results and was wondering what high levels of the following could mean. Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) Ab: 202. Endomysial antibody IgA: Positive. t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA: 9. Everything else is in the normal‚Äč range. I was just recently diagnosed with unspe...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We will pay close attention to your worries and address all your questions with utmost care. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned I will explain each one separately as follows: Thyroid peroxidase antibodies- These are antibodies formed by your b...  Read Full »

Why do I have tightness in my trachea following prolonged mouth opening during a root canal procedure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a sensation of something ball-like caught at the site of the trachea when I try to touch my chin to the chest. I do not have pain while swallowing. This started the day I underwent a root canal procedure when I had to keep my mouth open for almost one hour. I have had TMJ p...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. After seeing your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I think that you have two different issues. They are as follows: 1. Thyroid nodule. 2. Ball-like sensation or foreign body sensation in the ...  Read Full »

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