Thyroid nodules are strong or liquid filled protuberances that shape inside of your thyroid, a little organ situated at the base of your neck, simply over your breastbone. Some thyroid nodules, however, may become large enough to be visible or make it difficult to swallow or breathe. The symptoms included are be felt, be seen, often as a swelling at the base of your neck, press on your windpipe or esophagus, causing shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing.
Diagnosis includes Physical exam, Thyroid function tests, Ultrasonography, Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy, Thyroid scan. There are several treatment options are Watchful waiting, Thyroid hormone suppression therapy, Surgery.
Included were 2401 subjects with a mean age of 39 years (82.4% female, 17.6% male). Thirty-four (1.4%) thyroid nodules were detected by palpation and 471 (19.6%) by ultrasound was normal in 1620 (67.4%), high in 515 (21.5%) and low in 266 (11.1%) patients.