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heterogeneous gland

I have antibodies for Hashimoto disorder and recently had a thyroid ultrasound.  The results show a diffusely
heterogeneous gland and I don't know what that is.  Could you explain?  All of my thyroid functions are normal when tested.   I do feel symptomatic - tired, hair thinning, weight gain.
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This is a sign of inflammation within the thyroid due to hashimoto's -- it is a very typical finding.  Would test TSH and given the symptoms, consider levothyroxine therapy if the TSH is elevated (>3).
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There are several nodules on my thyroid gland also and it is enlarged.
The T4 and Tsh are normal.  Are there any other tests that should be done.
There was a biopsy done on the largest nodule and it was benign.
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Would test TPO antibody, if positive and TSH > 3 would consider levothyroxine.
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