Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone. Most thyroid nodules aren't serious and don't cause symptoms. Only a small percentage of thyroid nodules are cancerous.
For this reason, you never want to judge the risk of thyroid cancer based on the size of your nodule alone. You will notice that while the size is certainly a risk factor, you should also look at other risk factors including whether or not the nodule is causing symptoms, your age, and what the nodule looks like on ultrasound.
Thyroid nodules is one of the most common complaints that involve the endocrine system. Thyroid nodules symptoms and signs include hyperthyroidism, pain where the nodule is located, problems swallowing, and shortness of breath. Thyroid nodules can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Most thyroid nodules are noncancerous.
A thyroid nodule is a lump that can develop in your thyroid gland. Learn about potential causes of thyroid nodules, from benign tissue overgrowth to cancer.
Thyroid nodules may produce excess amounts of thyroid hormone causing hyperthyroidism (see Hyperthyroidism brochure). However, most thyroid nodules, including those that cancerous, are actually non-functioning, meaning tests like TSH are normal. Rarely, patients with thyroid nodules may complain of pain in the neck, jaw, or ear.
Thyroid nodules and multiple thyroid nodules causes, symptoms, ultrasound, surgery, and treatment. If a biopsy shows that you have a benign thyroid nodule, your doctor may suggest simply watching your condition.
Thyroid nodules are what happen when extra cells form a lump on your thyroid gland. They’re usually harmless, but a doctor still should check them.
Thyroid nodules are more common as people age, and most are benign and not cancerous. A physician may detect a nodule during a physical exam, or they may be found during imaging such as on computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound of the front of the neck.
Keep in mind, however, that an ultrasound alone cannot make the diagnosis of cancer. This test will usually help determine that the nodule has a low chance of being cancerous (has characteristics of a benign nodule), or that it has some characteristics of a cancerous nodule, and therefore a biopsy is indicated.
Thyroid nodules are lumps or growths in an individual’s thyroid gland above their breastbone and at the base of their neck. The majority of thyroid nodules do not produce symptoms or cause any issues. However, some nodules can make it hard for a patient to swallow correctly, breathe well, and produce a healthy amount of […]