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.
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 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.
Other thyroid nodules can actually produce excessive thyroid hormone leading to a condition known as hyperthyroidism (you can read more about that here). And lastly, but rarely, thyroid nodules can cause issues in your neck which include compression of your vocal cords and other neck structures.
Thyroid nodules can be detected in 4% to 8% of the adult population by palpation, but in 40% to 50% of the population by ultrasound. The overwhelming majority of these represent benign hyperplastic nodules or adenomas. Approximately 5% of nodules are malignant, with papillary carcinoma representing approximately 75% to 80% of primary thyroid malignancies.
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 , magnetic resonance imaging , or ultrasound of the front of the neck. Most of the time, thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms.
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Thyroid nodules are lumps made up of abnormal clusters of thyroid cells that form in your thyroid gland. The lumps can be solid, a fluid-filled, or a mixture of both. Most thyroid nodules are benign, meaning that they are harmless and generally have no negative effect. In rare cases, however, thyroid nodules can be cancerous.
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.