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How are cold thyroid nodules treated?

Q: Someone in my family has developed non-active avascular thyroid cold nodule. Is it curable without surgery? The patient is 58 years old and has high BP and diabetes.

A:Cold thyroid nodules are best treated by surgery. It is usually not a good idea to try to treat them medically. At 58, the risks of non-operative treatment are far higher than the risks of surgery: do get him operated. This is important.

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