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Old 03-15-2008, 06:39 AM   #1
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Difference between goiter and nodule?

After my first ultrasound, my dr. said I had a small nodule, but now she's calling it an enlarged thyroid, which from what I've read is a goiter. Is there a difference?

 
Old 03-15-2008, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: Difference between goiter and nodule?

Well a goiter is an enlargement of your entire thyroid, while a nodule is confined to a smaller area or multiple areas. Like with me, I have a goiter with multiple nodules. LOL Hope that makes sense.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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Re: Difference between goiter and nodule?

Tigger,
You could always get a copy of the ultrasound report and see what it really says. That way you'll know for sure.

It's a good idea to get copies of EVERYTHING anyway, for your own reference. I've found some things my docs have missed that way.

 
Old 03-15-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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Re: Difference between goiter and nodule?

Thanks. I'm getting another ultrasound in a couple months. I'll be sure to ask for a copy of it. Last time all I got was a hand written note by my doctor.

 
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Re: Difference between goiter and nodule?

If you get it done at a hospital, you can always call and request copies of prior testing, including imaging reports and copies of the u/s or CT itself.

Also, if you ask, your dr's office HAS to give you copies of your records. It's your legal right. They might charge a small photocopying fee, but that's ok.

When all this started for me a year ago, I went and got copies of everything I could get my hands on as far as test results, imaging reports, etc. from several years prior.

It helps to know your history and find any patterns or trends in your labs (if any). It's also good for keeping track of the size of your nodule(s) as you get subsequent ultrasounds.

 
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