Friday, April 6, 2012

Thyroid Nodules Symptoms

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

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