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Thyroid nodule
Classification and external resources
ICD-9 241.0
DiseasesDB 5332
eMedicine med/3224
MeSH D016606

Thyroid nodules are lumps which commonly arise within an otherwise normal thyroid gland. [1]



Often these abnormal growths of thyroid tissue are located at the edge of the thyroid gland so they can be felt as a lump in the throat. When they are large or when they occur in very thin individuals, they can even sometimes be seen as a lump in the front of the neck.


Thyroid nodules are extremely common in young adults and children. Almost 50% of people have had one, but they are usually only detected by a GP during the course of a health examination, or through a different affliction.

Needle aspiration biopsy can be used to assess the condition.[2]


Only a small percentage of lumps in the neck are malignant, and most thyroid nodules are benign.

There are many factors to consider when diagnosing a malignant lump.

If the patient is a smoker, the chances of malignancy are considerably higher. When coupled with difficulty swallowing or breathing, this may be a symptom of a serious condition and requires speedy medical attention.

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