|December 17, 2012||Posted by admin under Thyroid|
A thyroid cyst is either a solid lump or a fluid-filled nodule that forms within your thyroid.
It may or may not be painful that you will not be able to tell if and when you have a thyroid nodule until your doctor finds it. An enlarged area found in your gland could be a cyst, which is filled with fluid and harmless. Cysts that contain fluid are always benign. A needle biopsy easily and immediately determines whether the lump is fluid filled or not. If your lump is a thyroid cyst, the diagnostic procedure known as the FNA or fine needle aspiration, will also drain and collapse it.
Being a byproduct of a disorder in the gland. Thyroid disease can slow down every aspect of your life, both physically and mentally. This is because the thyroid gland regulates every organ and cell in your body. Older adults usually develop benign nodules as their bodies’ age. Similarly, adult women retain more water and have more body fat than men and are more likely to have a cyst.
The usual symptom of a thyroid cyst is when you or your doctor feel a single lump on or around the gland area. The knot is usually small, smooth, and painless. Nodules are fairly common. Approximately, 1in 60 men and 1 in 15 women have a thyroid nodule. Knots on the thyroid gland are not normally cancerous. However, when they are, the cancer can almost always be treated successfully.
Patients with a thyroid disorder often report feeling constantly tired, disoriented, headaches, and generally aching all over. Additionally some sufferers experience mild depression, vision problems, an occasional migraine, weight gain, and loss of libido.
Additional symptoms include:
- Abnormality in shape, size, consistency, or texture of thyroid gland
- Difficulty swallowing
- Low oral temperature
- Low blood pressure
- Skin that is excessively rough or dry
- High cholesterol despite healthy diet
- Hair loss
There are two ways with which diagnosis is possible with a thyroid nodule. First, your doctor may discover it during a routine medical examination of your neck area. You will be told to swallow to determine its existence. If your thyroid moves, you are more likely to have a thyroid tumor. Don’t panic immediately though. Not every thyroid tumor is cancerous.
As with any tumor in the body, you must have your thyroid nodule checked by a qualified doctor. Otherwise, you can suffer from complications ranging from difficulties in swallowing and breathing to hyperthyroidism. In turn, untreated hyperthyroidism leads to serious complications like unintended weight loss, heat intolerance, muscle weakness, and anxiousness as well as heart health issues, osteoporosis, and thyrotoxic crisis.
Single nodules are typically found to be a thyroid cyst, a benign tumor, or a malignant growth. A lump is usually benign if you discover more than one or if the rest of the thyroid gland itself is enlarged or irregular in some way. Benign knots tend lumpier and sometimes shrink slightly in size from one examination to the next. It is more suspicious if it grows. It is not unusual for a person with undiagnosed thyroid disease to discover a hard, little lump below the ear or even further around the back of the neck.
Blood tests are useful tools in diagnosing thyroid problems. Many other medical tests exist such as the following:
A thyroid ultrasound is less invasive than a scan or biopsy. With this diagnostic procedure, sound waves are sent into the neck. The echoes are then measured, which creates an image that can show the presence of a thyroid cyst or cysts.
The gathered information can be useful in diagnosing the more severe forms of the condition. Usually, said cysts are smaller than those tumors discovered during a physical examination by virtue of the imaging scans being able to see inside the body.
A thyroid scan is a picture of the gland taken after radioactive dye is injected into the body and concentrated in the thyroid area. This imaging technique reveals what the thyroid looks like and if it is performing sufficiently.
Severe high and low thyroid can show up on scans through high or low uptake of the radioactive material.
A thyroid biopsy test assesses if a knot in the neck is a thyroid cyst or tumor. Using a needle the doctor withdraws fluid or tissue from the lump, which will be analyzed for a diagnosis of cysts or cancer.
Fortunately, treatments for a thyroid cyst are effective most of the time. But first, your doctor will adopt a watchful waiting approach where your condition will be closely monitored. If your symptoms do not worsen, the nodule will be left as it is.
However, if your condition worsens or you are not comfortable with the idea of watchful waiting, you should discuss with your doctor options like thyroid hormone suppression therapy, radioactive iodine and even surgery.
In the end, it is your health and your body at stake and, hence, the decision.