|Most people with thyroid nodules have no symptoms.|
Most thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms and are so small that you cannot feel them. They often are found during a physical exam or when another test, such as a CT scan or ultrasound, is done for a different reason. If your thyroid nodule is big, you may be able to feel it or you may notice that your neck is swollen
Patients may notice the following:
- A lump seen in the neck.
- A lump felt in the throat.
- Hoarseness of the voice.
- Difficulty swallowing and/or breathing.
- Other enlarged glands or lymph nodes in the neck.
- Rapidly growing lump or swelling in the neck.
- Pain is only rarely associated with thyroid nodules.
Nodules may be found:
- By a physician during a routine physical exam
- During computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound of the neck