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Cancer

Thyroid, Lymph node

11/13/2007

Question:

My doctor says that I have an enlarged thyroid and reactive lymph nodes. Should I be concerned?

Answer:

Your doctor or an endocrine specialist should be able to tell you why the thyroid is enlarged. This often requires blood tests, a thyroid ultasound and possibly a needle biopsy.  Lymph nodes, although can be reactive to a recent infection usually are not reactive to an enlarged thyroid and also may need to be biopsied. 

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Response by:

Jeffrey J Sussman, MD Jeffrey J Sussman, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati