Thyroid cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small organ in the neck that secretes hormones that regulate the speed of chemical processes in the body (known as the metabolic rate). Thyroid cysts, a type of thyroid nodule or lump, are usually fairly small, ranging in size from less than a third of an inch across to an inch across, or larger in rare cases. The fluid-filled cysts are usually benign or noncancerous, but occasionally they contain solid material in addition to the fluid, and this may be cause for concern.
- Q What should I expect from a biopsy for my thyroid cysts?
- Q Do thyroid cysts affect children differently than adults?
- Q What does the thyroid gland do?
- Q How often should I follow up with my doctor about my thyroid cysts?
- Q Are thyroid cysts serious?
- Q How do I keep my thyroid healthy?