Thyroid Nodules

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Almost 10 percent of adults have thyroid nodules and they are more common in women than men. What are these lumps in the thyroid gland and what should done about them? Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A thyroid nodule is a lump in the thyroid gland in your neck. More than 90 percent of all thyroid nodules are not cancerous. Some are actually cysts filled with fluid.

Most thyroid nodules have no symptoms. Some people might notice a lump in their neck when they look in the mirror, but most people dont. Often, the lump is found by the doctor during a routine checkup or on other tests. Some people might have trouble swallowing, or have a feeling of fullness, pain, or pressure in the throat or neck.

Most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. Of the nodules that are cancerous, most can be treated. Some patients may take hormone pills to shrink the size of the nodule if there is no cancer.

As long as the nodule does not grow, theres no need to worry, but check with your doctor. If the nodule is found to be cancerous or grows with hormone pill treatment, surgery to remove the nodule may be needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.