At West Michigan ENT & Allergy, we are specialists in evaluating thyroid nodules* and treating thyroid cancer.
If you are being evaluated for a thyroid problem, the following types of evaluations are common:
- A patient history to collect relevant information such as patient symptoms, family history of thyroid problems, radiation exposures and the presence other diseases or syndromes that may be related to thyroid disease or thyroid cancer.
- Laboratory tests
- Thyroid ultrasound
- Radioactive uptake scans
- Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration biopsies of the thyroid and lymph nodes
- Genetic testing of tissue from thyroid biopsies
- Thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy)
- Additional surgery for thyroid cancer such as neck dissection
Most thyroid nodules are benign (~95%), but patients with thyroid nodules are assessed to determine their specific risk of thyroid cancer. Other thyroid diseases are also considered and tested for (such as Grave's disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, hyperfunctioning nodules).
We work closely with our patients' primary care physicians and other experts (nuclear medicine, endocrinology) to provide comprehensive care for our patients.
We have excellent operating facilities with up-to-date equipment and excellent support staff. We have low complication rates with procedures and surgery.
*A thyroid nodule is a lump that forms in the thyroid gland. This may be solid or fluid-filled.