Echotherapy for benign thyroid nodules
What is a thyroid nodule?
The thyroid is a tiny, butterfly-shaped organ with great effects. It is the driver and clock of our body and produces hormones that regulate the metabolism and energy balance. If the thyroid itself is out of sync, it can affect all processes in the body. Sometimes the gland tissue develops thyroid nodules.
Why do some of us develop thyroid nodules?
Thyroid nodules may develop, for example, in the case of iodine deficiency. If the thyroid gets too little iodine, it grows and enlarges its tissue, to get "enough". As a result, the thyroid cells and tissue nodules multiply. Thyroid nodules are almost always benign, with only about five percent of nodules being malignant.
How common are benign thyroid nodules?
With a benign thyroid nodule you are not alone: In about 30 percent of adults, these nodular tissue changes occur, in people over 65 years, the proportion even rises to more than 50 percent. In addition to older patients, women are particularly often affected. They develop a node four times more often than men.
Diagnosis thyroid nodule
How are thyroid nodules discovered?
They are often discovered during routine examinations or sometimes even palpated by the patient.
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Thyroid nodules often grow very slowly, and many usually do not notice the tissue changes at all. However, when a nodule is large, you may experience problems with swallowing, hoarseness, neck pain, or uncomfortable pressure in the neck area. In addition, larger nodes can also visually disturb. In any case, talk to your doctor if you discover a nodule or have discomfort.
What are “hot” and “cold” nodules?
Hot and cold nodules have nothing to do with temperature. Rather, it’s about how active the nodules are – and whether they produce hormones or not.
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Normally active nodes always produce the desired amount of hormones, whereas cold nodules produce few or no hormones at all. In a hot nodule, however, the cells are working in the chord, so to speak. They produce hormones uncontrollably, take up a lot of iodine and can thus lead to an over-functioning of the thyroid. Hot nodules are the rarest and are of benign nature.
Which doctor do I go to?
In a first step, consult a thyroid specialist, nuclear medicine or endocrinologist.
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During the examination, the doctor first scans the neck and then performs an ultrasound examination. In addition, a blood sample is taken to check thyroid levels. If the doctor detects a nodule, a scintigram is usually taken. With the help of this imaging technique, the physician can check after administration of radioactive technetium whether it is a so-called cold, normally active or hot node. Further tools of the diagnosis are the fine needle biopsy, i.e. the removal of a tissue sample, as well as the MIBI scintigraphy. These show if the node can possibly be malicious.
Are thyroid nodules dangerous?
Many people think: A nodule means cancer. But only about five percent of the nodules are malignant and therefore cancerous.
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A diagnosis by your doctor will clarify this before treatment. Hot thyroid nodules are even always benign – however, they can lead to hyperthyroidism, which changes your metabolism and has a negative effect on the whole body.
Non invasive system
The innovative echotherapy, delivered by SONOVEIN, is now the first and only non-invasive varicose vein treatment: No catheters, no chemical injections and no incisions.
The HIFU treatment eliminates the cause of venous leg ulcers in the long term – without even touching the wound. By suppressing the source which fuels the ulcer, your body will be able to heal and close the wound.
A quick intervention
the treatment lasts less than an hour. you can resume your activities directly after
Our system is totally external and without incisions.
you will not have scars
So far, possible treatment methods included classical varicose vein surgery (“stripping“) or a minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation or laser treatment. A venous ablation by radiofrequency or laser requires the insertion of a catheter (long wire) into the vein. Although marketed as minimally invasive, these procedures are carried out in a sterile environment such as an operative theater. Because they are invasive, there is a risk of infection and a more or less long recovery period.¹
Foam sclerotherapy may be another alternative for you, but it often requires repeated injections of sclerosant chemicals, especially for larger veins. ²
Because of the postoperative pain³ and other unwanted side effects caused by these methods, medical research is constantly searching for ways to improve the existing treatment options and develop alternative therapies.
“Thanks to echotherapy, healthy tissue is optimally spared in the treatment of benign thyroid nodules – and patients do not need medication for the rest of their lives.”
Drs. Marc Hakman, specialist for nuclear medicine , Paderborn, Germany
Please note that the Whiteley Clinic is an independent facility that is not funded by the NHS.
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