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Are there alternative treatments for thyroid cysts?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most thyroid cysts are benign or noncancerous and require no treatment, other than ongoing monitoring by your doctor. However, medical researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of draining recurring thyroid cysts and flushing them with an ethanol solution. The results look promising, according to published research. If you have thyroid cysts, they should be checked by your doctor on a regular basis, such as every six or twelve months. Your doctor might want to do a follow-up biopsy or ultrasound, especially if the cyst increases in size.

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