Thyroid Nodule and Mass Treatment in Provo, UT

When a section of the thyroid gland becomes swollen, it can lead to the growth of a thyroid nodule or mass. Nodules can be filled with fluid or blood or be solid and can grow large enough to cause trouble swallowing or breathing. While the cause of thyroid nodules is unknown, they are the most common endocrine complaint in the U.S.

Nodules can grow in any part of the thyroid gland and sometimes they can easily be felt or seen if they become large enough. Some possible causes of thyroid nodules and masses include iodine deficiency, thyroiditis, goiter and overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue, and in some cases, thyroid cancer.

While thyroid cancer is a rare form of cancer, a biopsy can be performed on the nodule or mass to determine whether or not it is a cancerous or benign growth. In most cases, the nodule or mass is benign.

Symptoms of Thyroid Nodules and Masses

While most thyroid nodules and masses do not cause symptoms, some symptoms can result if the cells in the nodule begin producing thyroid hormone, which can lead to hyperthyroidism.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Pain at the site of the nodule or mass that radiates to the ear or jaw
  • Hoarseness, in rare instances
  • Difficulty swallowing or shortness of breath
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Nervousness

Serving the Utah County and Salt Lake County Areas

If you can feel or see a thyroid nodule yourself, it is best to consult with an experienced endocrinologist at the Thyroid Institute of Utah.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation in order to address your concerns regarding thyroid nodules and masses.