Benign follicular adenomas. The word follicular means the cells look like a group of small circles under a microscope. If the follicular cells are contained within the nodule, the condition is called benign. If the cells have invaded the surrounding tissue, the diagnosis is cancer.
Do benign thyroid nodules have to be removed?
Generally, benign thyroid nodules do not need to be removed unless they are causing symptoms like choking or difficulty swallowing. Follow up ultrasound exams are important. Occasionally, another biopsy may be required in the future, especially if the nodule grows over time.
Can a benign thyroid nodule become malignant?
New research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded that even thyroid nodules that grow in size are unlikely to become cancerous. The research team followed 992 patients in Italy with benign thyroid nodules for five years, beginning in 2006.
What is follicular cells in thyroid biopsy?
Follicular and hurthle cells are normal cells found in the thyroid. Current analysis of thyroid biopsy results cannot differentiate between follicular or hurthle cell cancer from noncancerous adenomas. This occurs in 15-20% of biopsies and often results in the need for surgery to remove the nodule.
Can benign thyroid nodules cause symptoms?
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 is the treatment for benign thyroid nodules?
Most patients who appear to have benign nodules require no specific treatment. Some physicians prescribe the hormone levothyroxine with hopes of preventing nodule growth or reducing the size of cold nodules. Radioiodine may be used to treat hot nodules.
What causes a benign thyroid nodule to grow?
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.
What size thyroid nodule is worrisome?
The nodules in 5% of each size group were classified as malignant. Six percent of the nodules 1 to 1.9 cm were considered suspicious, as were 8 to 9% of nodules in the larger size groups. Based on surgical pathology, 927 of 7348 nodules (13%) were cancers.
What foods to avoid if you have thyroid nodules?
- soy foods: tofu, tempeh, edamame, etc.
- certain vegetables: cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, spinach, etc.
- fruits and starchy plants: sweet potatoes, cassava, peaches, strawberries, etc.
- nuts and seeds: millet, pine nuts, peanuts, etc.
At what size should a thyroid nodule be removed?
Previous studies had shown that between 11- 20% of cancerous nodules ≥ 4 cm may be misclassified as benign (false negative) and this has led to recommendations that all nodules > 4 cm should be removed.
What percentage of thyroid follicular neoplasms are benign?
The diagnosis “follicular neoplasm” is indeterminate, and the majority of cases (70% in the current study) are benign. However, clinical features, including gender, nodule size, and age, can be a part of the decision analysis in selecting patients for surgery.
When should I worry about thyroid nodules?
When to see a doctor
Although most thyroid nodules are noncancerous and don’t cause problems, ask your doctor to evaluate any unusual swelling in your neck, especially if you have trouble breathing or swallowing. It’s important to evaluate the possibility of cancer.
How painful is a thyroid biopsy?
A needle biopsy is less invasive than open and closed surgical biopsies, both of which involve a larger incision in the skin and local or general anesthesia. Generally, the procedure is not painful and the results are as accurate as when a tissue sample is removed surgically.
What makes a thyroid nodule suspicious?
For the U.S. population, the lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer is 1.1 percent. When a thyroid nodule is suspicious – meaning that it has characteristics that suggest thyroid cancer – the next step is usually a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB).
What problems can thyroid nodules cause?
Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules can lead to overproduction of thyroid hormones, also known as hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: Irritability/nervousness. Muscle weakness/tremors.
Can you shrink thyroid nodules?
Can Thyroid Nodules Shrink on Their Own? Most solid thyroid nodules will not shrink on their own. In such cases, your doctor may prescribe medicine or recommend surgery to remove the nodules or shrink a nodule by removing fluid from it with a thin needle.