What causes thyroid nodules to enlarge?

03/23/2019 Off By admin

What causes thyroid nodules to enlarge?

The majority of thyroid nodules are caused by an overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue. The cause of this overgrowth is usually unknown, but there is a strong genetic basis. In rare cases, thyroid nodules are associated with: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that leads to hypothyroidism.

Can benign thyroid nodules increase in size?

Thyroid nodules are frequently detected by cervical ultrasound examinations. In follow-up studies, malignant as well as benign nodules may exhibit an increase in size.

Do thyroid cysts need to be removed?

Even a benign growth on your thyroid gland can cause symptoms. If a thyroid nodule is causing voice or swallowing problems, your doctor may recommend treating it with surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland.

What to do if you find a thyroid nodule?

Thyroid nodules are commonly found during an unrelated physical exam. If your doctor discovers thyroid nodules, be sure to mention any hypothyroid or hyperthyroid symptoms you are experiencing. Getting the right thyroid blood tests, screening exams, and treatment for thyroid autoimmunity is key to improving thyroid nodules.

What causes enlarged nodules in the thyroid gland?

Chronic inflammation of the thyroid. Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid disorder, can cause thyroid inflammation and result in enlarged nodules. This often is associated with hypothyroidism.

Can a thyroid nodule be a fluid filled cyst?

Some are solid, and some are fluid-filled cysts. Others are mixed. Because many thyroid nodules don’t have symptoms, people may not even know they’re there.

Is it normal for the thyroid gland to be enlarged?

Fortunately, many conditions that result in thyroid gland enlargement (such as thyroid nodules) usually do not interfere with thyroid hormone production . Some conditions, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, cause both thyroid gland enlargement AND thyroid hormone issues.