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Inhomogeneous thyroid
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Inhomogeneous thyroid

I went for an ultrasound and the technician mentioned that I had what looked like an inhomogeneous thyroid.  I knew the technician so I asked if there was anything else they could see and was told there was nothing else, no lumps, swollen nodes, etc.  Can you have an inhomogeneous thyroid with nothing else presenting? Also, if you can have an inhomogeneous thyroid, can you have this with no cancer going on or would it always indicate cancer?
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This is most likley Hashimoto's thyroiditis - would check TSH, TPO/Tg antibodies and consider evaluation with endocrinologist.  If there was no discrete nodule on ultrasound, the risk of cancer is very low.
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Thank you for your quick response.  I looked up Hashimoto's thyroiditis and will mention the T3 and T4 testing to my doctor.  I do not have most of the symptoms listed but can say that I sometimes feel like I have no energy and I don't eat a lot but there is obviously some issue with weight gain.  Other than that, I have no swollen neck, no hair loss, no feeling of being cold, no tingling...nothing?
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I am wondering though if I could have an under active thyroid and on an ultrasound would that show as inhomogeneous thyroid?
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Hashi is usually underactive thyroid - it shows as inhomogeneous on ultrasound.
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