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Old 02-10-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
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Question Causes of nodules

I have been wondering what causes Thyroid nodules and reading there is nothing conclusive.

Maybe its just bad luck like getting a pimple. I thought maybe it was smokeing but mine seem to have occured following one of the most stressful times in my life. Infact I couldnt believe I had to deal with this one top of everything else.

Does anyone have any theories?

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Old 02-10-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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Re: Causes of nodules

I wonder the same thing. Mine was a benign follicular adenoma. What causes them to start and how big can one get?

Old 02-10-2005, 04:54 PM   #3
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Re: Causes of nodules

I had the same question and posed this to my surgeon. He told me that nodules are formed as a defense. It is almost like a coating for normal thyroid cells and they almost act like a thyroid in itself, and then sometimes they will produce their own hormones thus causing hyperthyroidism (too much hormone). Now, this is what MY surgeon told kinda makes sense in my situation because I tested very high for antibodies.

Old 02-11-2005, 02:22 PM   #4
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undefinedI am quite interested in this as well, I have just been told I had hyperthyroid and was given a scan now they want to do an ultra-sound to see if one of the nodules is cancerous does anyone know much about this?

Old 02-12-2005, 07:07 PM   #5
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Re: Causes of nodules

Got this from another site. It does not say much. It sounds like you get them or you don't.

Radiation therapy is the only known cause of noncancerous and cancerous thyroid nodules. It was commonly used in the mid-1950s and 1960s to treat enlarged tonsils, adenoids, and thymus glands, and to treat acne. Currently, radiation therapy is not used for these conditions.

Thyroid nodules often develop in people who have never had radiation therapy. Although experts have not established what causes nodules in these cases, certain thyroid conditions (such as goiter) may be associated with their development.

The tendency to develop thyroid nodules may be genetic. Although the gene responsible for thyroid nodules is not known, thyroid nodules run in families.

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