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my wife has a 14x18x11 mm high T2 signal lesion within the

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my wife has a 14x18x11 mm high T2 signal lesion within the right thyroid lobe. what is it, how is it treated what are the risks?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
Does she have any thyroid issues (Hypo or hyperthyroidism)?

Why was the MRI ordered in the first place? Did she also have an ultrasound?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

she is allergic to iodine.


the mri was ordered to figure out why her left arm was tingeling. an emg was performed and physical therapy is scheduled.

Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.

So this appears to be an incidental finding of a nodule of the thyroid, on a routine cervical spine MRI.

These nodules are relatively common, and the "high T2 signal" suggests that this is a fluid filled cyst within the thyroid.

What usually happens after this is found, is that blood work is obtained to assess thyroid function (TSH). Then the doctor will have a fine needle aspiration biopsy, where a needle is put into this cyst to get sample of cells and fluid to determine the cause of the cyst/nodule.

Often times these are benign. In a small percentage, the pathology will come back with follicular neoplasm, or a possibly malignant condition, and then referral to a surgeon for excision will be done.
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