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goiter growth in a year time frame

By April 11, 2011 - 10:59am
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april 2010, I got diagnosed with a multinodular, cystic thyroid gland. 1 nodule measuring 1.6 cm solid and heterogenous with cystic components and 2 cysts the largest measuring 0.7 cm. on the right lobe which measured 4.9 (L)x1.9 (AP)x1.6 (T)cm. The left lobe measured 4.6 x1.8 x1.6 cm. with 2 hypoechoic nodularities, the largest measuring 0.3 cm. the isthmus measured 0.3 in AP diameter. Exaclty a year later now April 2011--- 1 nodule measuring 0.8cm solid and heterogenous and hyperechoic, the sonogram reading says it is "new in the time interval" and a nodule measuring 0.5cm.with cystic components on the right lobe which NOW measured 6.0 (L)x1.9 (AP)x1.8 (T)cm. The left lobe measured 5.9x1.6 x1.9 cm. with 1 hypoechoic nodule measuring 0.3 cm. the isthmus measured 0.3 in AP diameter.. my thyroid levels are normal, last year they biopsied the largest nodules and were non-cancerous. what can that change in size in a year time frame mean? suggestions???

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A goiter results when the thyroid gland grows larger than normal. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where most people use iodized salt, goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself. Removal of only the goiter is one thing. If all or part of your thyroid gland is removed, that is another thing. You may need to take levothyroxine( thyroid medication) after surgery, depending on the amount of thyroid removed.
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October 10, 2011 - 4:18pm

I can appreciate your concern about these changes in a year's time. Have you had an appointment with the doctor who ordered the scan? You should have an appointment following a scan, especially if there has been changes noted from a previous imaging report. Your doctor needs to review the findings with you, review what the cause or causes of the changes may be and if any treatment or measures are necessary.

April 11, 2011 - 4:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

i got the exact same diagnosis and im only 20....they said that i just have to come back and drain it..... what dosent make scence is he didnt give me thyroid medication..and my thyroid levels was a bit off dose that mean he hopes its just gunna get better on its own???...iv done all the scans and tests had a biopscy and here i am???

October 10, 2011 - 2:14am
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