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What should I do if I have a thyroid nodule?

If you feel a thyroid nodule, your doctor will initially start the evaluation by a physical exam and laboratory tests to check if your thyroid function is normal. The next step is usually a thyroid ultrasound. Thyroid ultrasound can help determine the size of the nodule, whether it is solid or fluid filled (cystic), whether there are any other non-palpable nodules, and if there are any suspicious features. Based on the ultrasound and your thyroid function studies it will be decided whether you need a biopsy, known as a fine needle aspiration.

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If you see or feel a small bump, or nodule, on your thyroid (a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck) make an appointment to see your family doctor. Some nodules are worrisome, and others are benign. Your family doctor will perform an exam and determine if a further workup is needed. This may include an ultrasound and bloodwork.

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