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Thyroid Diseases

Changes To The Thyroid After Ablation

04/24/2008

Question:

Fifteen years ago I had my thyroid ablated because of hyperthyroidism. Over the last several years my thyroid has fluctuated. Recently I had a thyroid ultrasound. There was calcification and my thyroid was very small. It was my understanding that my thyroid was only partially ablated, leaving more than just a small amount of my thyroid. Also is calcification at this point in time something to be concerned about. I was told it was caused by the ablation. Is that true? Does the thyroid shrink over time after it is ablated?

Thank you.

Answer:

Yes, you can see changes like this in the thyroid after ablation. You should see an otolaryngologist who is familiar with thyroid disorders.

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Response by:

Yash J Patil, MD Yash J Patil, MD
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati