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Growing thyroid nodule

I recently had a ultrasound on my thyroid and a nodule that measured 3cm 3 years ago is now measuring 5cm by 5cm.  My thyroid labs are normal and the FNA I had done 3 years ago determined the nodule to be benign.  The nodule is now visible on the outside and I can feel it when I swallow.  It has been recommended that I have the nodule surgically removed.  I was told thyroid hormone therapy would probably do nothing for  a nodule this size.  I just don't want to have unnecessary surgery.  Do you agree with the recommendation?  
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If nodule is cystic, the aspiration following by PEI injection can be used; if nodule is solid and can take RAI after thyrogen [TSH] injection RAI ablation can be used, there is a risk to destroy non nodular tissue, therefore the latter procedure is not used for cold nodules.
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I know that it is a cold nodule, but I don't know if it is cystic.
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The ultrasound report should mention that.
Large cysts are forming due to the internal bleeding into the small nodule.
On this forum we have a person who have had PEI injection for 3 cm cyst.
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