The follicular cells discovered in a 2.6 nodule were indeterminate. Little colloid, some blood circulation in the central area. I am 69, have several nodules all over the place that are smaller and many in my family have similar troubles having been on thyroid medicine for many years..mother, uncle, aunt, and two of my daughters. Never cancer. It is the indeterminate that troubles me. I would like to have only the right lobe removed--that is easy to decide. But if that nodule is found to be malignant, how long before I should go after the left and get the iodine treatment? Or am I better off plucking the little bugger out and going without a thyroid? Determination of malignancy or benign can only be done with lab work on the actual thyroid tissue.
Any insights or avenues that I am missing. I decided not to spend $3000 on a new diagnostic tool called Affirma. A specimen is sent to a lab where it can be genetically researched. Medicare has just approved it. There are some further caveats with this test but not entirely sure what they are.
Blood in the biopsy sample may displace colloid, if needle hits the large blood vessel and this may alter the results.If you cannot have Afirma test for some reason, repeat the biopsy under live Doppler color flow to get better sampling.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.