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Thyroid regrowth

When a thyroid gland has been removed completely is it possible for regrowth, of sorts: my doc keeps reducing the amount or thyroid replacement medication and said that sometimes the thyroid can regrow ... but has made no attempt to test or explain further.  My thyroid was removed in 1998
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If you did not have RAI treatment after surgery, it can regrow to a small extent. New tissue can grow that will function. A whole new gland will not develop.

An ultrasound would show any significant growth.

Dosage changes can occur for a variety of reasons.
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I had a total thyroidectemy in 1969 and my surgeon, Dr. John E. Hildebrand said he 'left bits and pieces." (I had Graves disease/ a large goiter)  A Nuclear Scan two days ago showed a fully developed normal looking thyroid that is functioning!  This is a big surprise.

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How strange though, i have not had mine out yet but probably will down the track, i was told some of the gland has to be left i think to do with the Parathyroid( calcium) think thats right..Wow to grow a complete gland back is weird..Were you told why this happened?
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This is the best news I have heard in years! I had a total thyroidectomy in 06 due to goiter desease and large amounts of nodules. And with a non diagnostic biobsy they removed it. Years later I find there are many different things I could have done. I have been battling depression and weight gain for years. I am in excellent health otherwise a fitness instructor and soon to be yoga teacher. This would be the most wonderful thing in the world if it is truly possible!!!
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Please have a look at the message I posted for Bailadiva, under the thread for ericajb, on this same page.  I think the info might give you some further encouragement.
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