Hi! I had my thyroid ultrasound last week and there was a small hypoechoic nodule seen within the midportion of the left lobe measuring 5-6mm in diameter. I know everything I have read on this,just wanted to hear some personal thoughts/ experiences on this. I know this is small, and we are waiting for the dr's at MD Anderson to call back after reviewing the reports.
A baby nodule. :) Thyroid cancer is rare but a hypoechoic nodule is an ultrasound listed risk factor for thyroid cancer. Red flag signs of thyroid cancer: male gender, younger than 20 years and older than 65 years, rapid growth of nodule, symptoms of local invasion (dysphagia, neck pain, hoarseness), history of radiation to the head or neck, family history of thyroid cancer or polyposis (Gardner's syndrome).
Thanks for the reply! I am not too worried about it, but didn't really know if people usually get these small, "baby nodules", biopsied. I work at the hospital where I had all of my tests done and have tried to read the u/s pictures, but I am def not a radiologist: so didn't get much out of it, lol. I just feel like I am driving myself crazy because this is just one of too many medical issues I have (even though it is prob nothing), and I am 25... just frustrated I guess :/
A top radiologist at University of Penn,Dr.Jill Langer told me that when nodules are *marketedly* hypoechoic they are considered worrisome for cancer. Some studies list both hypoechoic,and markedly hypoechoic,but others just say hypoechoic or marked hypoechoic.As Dr.Mark Lupo said to me on here in DEcember 2006,most solid hypoechoic nodules are benign.
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