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Old 08-08-2003, 12:03 PM   #1
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Post Born with half a thyroid?

Hi! I'm new to the board and have been reading a lot of the posts and have really appreciated the information. I'll try not to make this too long: I went in for a neck sonogram about 3 weeks ago for a swollen lymph node. The tech called in the doctor (THAT always makes you feel good!) and he asked if I had had any surgery. Apparently, I only have half a thyroid - could I have been born that way? Do they ever atrophy?? He also saw a nodule and pointed out a picture to the tech of papillary carcinoma. That's also really nice on a Friday afternoon, with the weekend looming ahead of me to freak out!

Anyway, had a needle biopsy the following Monday. My GP called me and said that 'it was nothing to worry about. we'll just watch it'. Needless to say, I got on the phone and made an appointment with an endo for Aug 26. Wish me luck! And - if any of you have ever heard of the 'born with half a thyroid' thing, please let me know!

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Old 08-08-2003, 02:11 PM   #2
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Very possibly your thyroid was in the midst of atrophy. A good friend of mine learned about about age 65 her thyroid wasn't there at all anymore!

And there was no way she could've survived all those years without one!

It had atrophied to so tiny it was barely detectable on the screen.

Her regular dr never checked her for thyroid problems. Unreal.

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