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Are there other forms of treatment for known thyroid nodules?

Observation is one option to consider before moving forward with thyroid surgery, as not all nodules require surgery.

Some nodules will need to be biopsied. Once biopsied, some nodules will come back as benign, or not harmful to the patient. For patients with benign nodules with no compressive symptoms, Dr. Kroeker may recommend a follow-up thyroid ultrasound at 6 months, and then on a yearly basis to make sure that the nodules are not growing. Not everyone requires surgery.

As far as other treatments, there are no other treatments at this time to make thyroid nodules go away. It is not uncommon for fluid-filled thyroid cysts to fluctuate in size and sometimes completely disappear on follow-up thyroid ultrasound.