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What is a "hot" nodule on the thyroid gland?

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replied October 23rd, 2010
Thyroid Cancer Answer A16865
A "hot" thyroid nodule refers to a thyroid nodule that is hyperfunctioning (i.e., making lots of thyroid hormone). In contrast, "cold" thyroid nodules are not biologically active.

Approximately 85% of thyroid nodules are "cold" and about 5% are "hot." On average, 15% of "cold" nodules are malignant (cancer), and about 5% of "hot" nodules are malignant.



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