Originally Posted by webspinner
I would like to know if anyone else has ever had the followeing happen to them. August of 2003 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis. Due to an enlarged thyroid I had an ultrasound done that indicated an 8 mm thyroid nodule on the upper left lobe. I was hypothyroid and started on thyroid replacement hormones. The doctor said to have a repeat ultrasound done in about 4 months to see if my thyroid and nodule shrink respectively. I had that repeat ultrasound done about 3 weeks ago but this time it showed I had a 1.2 cm nodule on the lower left lobe and a 1.8 cm nodule on the upper right pole and my thyroid was still very enlarged. The doctor wanted to have an FNA done right away. My appointment for the FNA was only 3 weeks after that last ultrasound and the doctor who was to do the FNA could not find either of the nodules via ultrasound. Considering the size of the nodules just 3 weeks ago he found it quite puzzling that they were no longer there...or that he couldn't find them. So obviously he was unable to perform the FNA which really bothered me because my grandmother had thyroid cancer in her early 30's and battled it on and off again until she died this past January. So what I am wondering is if anyone else has had these phamptom nodules that disappeared like mine. My thyroid is also what they call hetergenous throughout. Thanks in advance.
I didn't exactly have a phantom nodule, but experienced something similar. The first thing I noticed there is something wrong with my thyroid is there was a bump on my neck. It's quite visible. I didn't feel there is anything wrong with me, so I kindda ignored it at first.
I had an ultrasound a month later and they saw 2 nodules on my thyroid. I had an FNA shortly after that. After the procedure, the bump on my neck was gone! But my doctors still want me to go ahead with a thyroidectomy because the result of FNA was papillary carcinoma. The path report confirmed it.
The only explanation that they offered me was the bump was gone because of the FNA. The needle could have deflated whatever that caused the bump. I'm still not convinced though. But I'm glad I went through with the surgery.
May be you should get a second opinion from a different doctor.