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DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.
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I had a TT about three years ago for PTC in the last few

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I had a TT about three years ago for PTC in the last few months I have noticed a painless lump on the right side of neck a few weeks ago had an ultrasound that was inconclusive but probably an enlarged lymph node on the stereo mastoid muscle but recommends a fusion CT/PET scans. My doctor said he rather I see the surgeon that did the TT instead of any scans I have that appt in two weeks what would you suggest I'm 65 with a history of Barrett's otherwise pretty heathy My blood work for thyroid came back in normal ranges. While the lump is small it does seem to be growing and protruding a bit since my ultrasound. I'm assuming my Dr is waiting to see if the surgeon thinks I need biopsy or something. Can you tell me the pro/con of surgeon vs scans
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.



Those cover many different terms.

What is your history exactly

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thyroid removed due to papillary cancer It was encapsulated and I did not have IR I do have some thyroid tissue coming back on the opposite side of neck. Medical history .... Hysterectomy when I was 21. A few severely dysplastic moles over the years. Thoracic surgery for leisions in esophagus and stomach 15 yrs ago now just have Barrette
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I think scans are useless compared to biopsy.

Scans are not definitive and can not be certain.

You should proceed with the biopsy.

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