A thyroid nodule is a lump on the thyroid. The thyroid is located in the neck and is responsible for the regulation and release of hormones. Thyroid nodules – or cysts – can often be symptomless and go undetected, unless a doctor locates them during a check-up. If a thyroid nodule is large it may be easily visible and disrupt breathing. Often thyroid nodules are of low concern, but your doctor may run tests to ensure they are safe and won’t lead to further health concerns.
Many factors can contribute to the cause of thyroid nodules. Common causes of thyroid nodules include:
Thyroid nodules are typically symptomless, but to know if you have one they can often be felt by touching the neck. If it’s large, it can be seen on the neck and may lead to shortness of breath if it pushes on your esophagus.
Some symptoms, though, that may be associated with thyroid nodules are:
Whether the thyroid nodule is cancerous or not determines the mode of treatment. Treatment for a benign thyroid nodule includes:
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut way to prevent thyroid nodules. They are something that has to be monitored to ensure they don’t lead to more serious conditions.
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