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Are you having any problems breathing or swallowing?
No and I have no systoms of thyroid problems. However the ultasound showed the goiter is large enough that it is starting to move my windpipe.
Lasers are not really used in the surgical management of MNG but, outside of surgery, yes, there are other options available.
My doctors wont use alcohol says that it doesnt really work.
Can you advise anything else
One thing that can be tried is using levothyroxine to suppress TSH levels. TSH is thought by many to be a growth factor for thyroid cells in MNG. In one study about 50% of patients showed some benefit from this treatment
Another option is radioiodine therapy. This quickly destroys the nodules in MNG
These really are all the current options out there.
It would be best to consult with an endocrinologist and ENT surgeon to find what would be best in your specific case.
Does this make sense to you?
Would I need to take it for the rest of my life ... which is what I would have to do after surgery. Does radiodine therapy destroy the thyroid?
Is there a endocrinologist on just answer that I can talk to?
Yes, with surgery and radioactive iodine you would have to replace your missing thyroid hormone for your entire life. My wife had radioactive iodine about 14 years ago and takes thyroid meds every day....and she is doing well...
Do you have anymore questions for me this afternoon?
Is there an endocrinologist on just answer that I can talk to?
We do have one but I do not think he is online at the moment.
ok thanks bye
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