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Calcifications on thyroid
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Calcifications on thyroid

was recently sent a note after an ultra sound ordered by my Dr. that stated "Your ultrasound showed presence of calcifications in the right lobe which is a benign finding. No other changes were present".  (I'm not sure what changes there could be, I've never had an ultrasound before)

This ultra sound was ordered after he thought he palpitated one side of my thyroid to be larger than the other during a routine annual exam.  I have been on synthroid for 10 years after being diagnosed hypothyroidism (TSH was nearly 400 when diagnosed orignally).  I was told by my first endocrinologist that antibodies to Hashimotos weren't present but then after having to change endos because of insurance the 2nd one told me I DID have the antibodies.  I do not currently see an endocrinologist and have just seen my GP (who ordered this ultrasound) for the past several years for annual TSH blood test.  He is the Dr who ordered the ultrasound.  

I am not sure how comfortable I am with just being told the findings are benign.  I had also mentioned to him feeling like my synthroid dose was  a little high and he ordered TSH levels checked but I've heard nothing back.  My dose has dropped gradually over the past 3-4 years, I'm now on .100 - was on .125.  Should I dig a little deeper or does this all sound "ok"?
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They probably meant change from the normally expected appearance....

A calcification is often a sign of long-standing thyroid problems (like you have had) -- would consider it similar to scarring in the setting of long-term thyroiditis (ie, Hashimoto's).  The question is the type of calcification, the size and appearance.  It may be best to find a thyroid expert who does his/her own ultrasound so they can take a look around and make sure it is a benign appearing finding.  Check out thyroid.org or thyroidologists.com to try to find one.
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