I received my ultrasound films back today and I took a photo of one of the slides... poor quality as I don't have a backlight (improvised).
Does that look like autoimmune damage of the thyroid?
I remember viewing the monitor as the sonographer conducted the ultrasound and watching his face when he applied the color doppler, he started questioning me: "ahh, have you been sick in the last few weeks????"
Typically, only professionals will fully understand the actual image of the thyroid; while we have some extremely knowledgeable members, unless listed as professionals, they aren't qualified to interpret those. There should be a written report, along with the image of the sonogram.
What did the written report and "impression" say? The written report should give a detailed description of the gland and its characteristics, and the impression should indicate whether or not there is a need for follow up, such as "monitor at 6 months", "FNA recommended", etc
What exactly did the written report/impression say?
No - people with Hashi do not have higher risk of thyroid/throat cancer. Hashi's is an autoimmune thyroid disease in which the body, for some reason, sees the thyroid as foreign and produces antibodies to attack and destroy it. Those antibodies are NOT cancer cells and they don't attack anything other than thyroid tissue. Once the antibodies destroy healthy thyroid tissue, which causes the thyroid to stop producing hormones, the antibodies can go into remission.
With Hashi's, it's often easier to regulate hormones, once the thyroid is "dead", because then you are totally dependent on the replacement medication, without having to contend with additional hormones from the thyroid, which may come in "fits and starts"....
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