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Can a very large thyroid nodule be benign?

Can a very large thyroid nodule be benign?

More than 95 percent of thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous), but tests are needed to determine if a nodule is cancerous. Benign nodules include: Multinodular goiter, also called a nontoxic goiter. The word goiter means the thyroid gland has grown too large.

Where are the nodules in the thyroid gland?

Nodules in Graves’ disease – Graves’ is an autoimmune disease associated with increased production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). Patients with Graves’ disease often have an enlarged thyroid gland. Multiple nodules of varying sizes are typically found in both lobes.

Is it normal to have a lump in your thyroid?

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.

Are there thyroid nodules that are cancerous or benign?

As I mentioned previously, most thyroid nodules (about 90% or so) are benign. But that leaves another 5-10% which can be cancerous and should be evaluated. There are some factors which have been evaluated which can help you understand your risk of thyroid cancer.

Which is the most dangerous type of thyroid nodule?

They are benign and usually nonfunctional, that is, unable to produce hormones. Thyroid nodules may appear due to lack of iodine, thyroiditis, fluid accumulation or abnormal cell growth. Although they are often benign, it is best to receive a diagnosis with all the necessary tests. The most dangerous form of thyroid nodules is thyroid cancer.

What is considered a large thyroid nodule?

Greater than 1 cm: Thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm in size can be benign or malignant. Large nodules, even if benign could compress the trachea and cause breathing problems. An ENT specialist or endocrinologist may perform a fine needle biopsy to see if there are signs…

Do benign thyroid nodules require long-term follow-up?

Long-term follow-up of benign thyroid nodules shows favorable prognosis. After 5 years of follow-up, a majority of asymptomatic, benign thyroid nodules exhibited no significant change in size, or actually decreased in size, and diagnoses of thyroid cancer were rare, according to a study in JAMA (2015; doi:10.1001/jama

Should remove my thyroid nodule?

Of course most people with a thyroid condition who have thyroid nodules which need to be removed surgically still should consider following a natural thyroid treatment protocol. After all, while surgical removal of the thyroid nodule might help with the symptoms, in most cases it won’t correct the thyroid condition itself.

Can a thyroid nodule be treated without surgery?

Because many thyroid nodules don’t have symptoms, people may not even know they’re there. In other cases, the nodules can get big enough to cause problems. But even larger thyroid nodules are treatable, sometimes even without surgery. Are thyroid nodules cancer? The vast majority – more than 95% – of thyroid nodules are benign (noncancerous).