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. The great majority of thyroid nodules aren't serious and don't cause symptoms. Thyroid cancer accounts for only a small percentage of thyroid nodules.
A thyroid nodule that causes the symptoms of the "need to swallow" something is almost always caused by a nodule that is growing on the back side of the thyoid. It can't be seen or felt under the skin like the thyroid nodules growing out the front of the thyroid (like symptoms # 1 and 2 above).
Most of the time, thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms. When they do occur, symptoms of thyroid nodules may include a visible lump on the front of the neck, a rapidly growing lump on the front of the neck, a lump felt in the throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, other enlarged glands or lymph nodes in the neck, and in rare cases, pain.
Thyroid nodules most often do not cause symptoms. However, sometimes the tissue in a nodule makes too much of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), and you may have the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism, which means your thyroid is overactive:
Thyroid cancer: Less than 5 percent of thyroid nodules are cancerous. How do I know if I have thyroid nodules? Most thyroid nodules do not produce any symptoms. However, if you have several nodules, or large nodules, you may be able to see them. Although rare, nodules can press against other structures in the neck and cause symptoms, including:
It’s not always clear why a person gets thyroid nodules. Several medical conditions can cause them to form. They include: Thyroid nodules are actually quite common. By the age of 60, half of all ...
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.
With thyroid nodules being such a common occurrence it is important that one be aware of the different types of nodules, the associated symptoms, and treatments for each type. Know Your Nodules There are four different categories of thyroid nodules, benign, malignant, suspicious, and inconclusive.
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.
Malignant thyroid nodules are more likely to grow at least 2 mm per year and increase in volume compared with benign thyroid nodules, according to findings published in The Journal of Clinical ...