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nodule on thyroid and lung

My wife had her gallbladder out in January 2007. After the surgery she had pancreatitis. Her amylase number was 699. She had to spend a week in the hospital on IV to get her numbers down. Since then she had to have four ERCP'S to clean out the bile duct, etc. So for a while she was okay but still had pain off and on. She also has nodules on her thyroid and one small nodule on her right lung. Her problem now is that her liver numbers and pancrease numbers are high again. Her ALT is 88, AST is 56 and AMYLASE is 140. She has chest and back pains (right side) and has problems breathing. She also failed a breathing test. What is going on???? Where is she going with this??? He never drank or smoked, 61 years old, eats right and walk every day.
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replied October 31st, 2008
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Does your wife get intermittent upper abdominal pain that may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting after the removal of the gall bladder?
Are these symptoms episodic?
Is she experiencing poor appetite?

Most single lung nodules are benign or with infective and inflammatory origin (some lung mycosis or tuberculosis), but they may represent an early stage of lung cancer, too.
If the nodule has very irregular edge, contains calcifications, it poses higher risk for being malignant.
Breathing difficulties, with "boring" pain located in the upper right hand corner of the abdomen, and, also often felt all the way through to her back, is, probably due to pancreatitis.
Wheezing, shortness of breath with persistent chest, shoulder or back pain, can be due to lung cancer.

She'll have to undergo additional more sophisticated imaging techniques for determination of nature of both, thyroid and lung nodules.
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replied October 31st, 2008
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First, thank you for your quick answer.

10/30/08 she when for some heart test. A stree test and a ultrasound of the heart. Also she had blood work for the heart and thyroid. Today 10/31/08 she had a ultrasound of the thyroid. Will undate when I find out more. Jack
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replied November 4th, 2008
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Doctor order ultrasound of thyroid and MRI of liver. We will be going to New York for a week and then have the test. As soon as she get these results I will post them. We live in Florida so it going to be cold for us.
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replied November 5th, 2008
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I guess your wife was experiencing gallstone pancreatitis after removal of gallbladder, cause the gall stones have blocked the pancreatic duct.
Symptoms are pain felt in the left upper abdomen or in the back, with nausea and vomiting, similar to symptoms of Gallstones and Gallstone Disease.
Blood tests identify inflammation of the pancreas with increased levels of amylase and lipase, and evidence of obstructed outflow of bile from the liver with ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin, also, raised.

Another thing, is a condition known as Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, that usually, develops after the gallbladder has been removed.
The sphincter of Oddi muscle is a small circular muscle, located at the downstream end of the bile duct and pancreas duct, keeping the bile duct and pancreatic duct muscles closed.
If this muscle should spasm or scar due to previous surgery, drainage of the bile duct and/or pancreas duct may be hindered.

This leads to abnormal widening of the bile duct and/or pancreas duct, often associated with an increase in the products and enzymes made by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
Symptoms are episodic, and consist of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Sometimes angina, or heart muscle blood luck can mimic this pain.
That's why your wife was made a stress test.

Does your wife have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol blood levels?
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replied November 5th, 2008
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No high blood and no high cholesterol. She has MVP of the heart. She also had the SOD repaired with stens in one of those ERCP'S. She is getting a MRI of the liver 11/14/08 and she will see the Thyroid doctor 11/13/08. She never drank or smoke and walk for 1 to 2 hours a day. She always works out and ate right. I mean she eats only good no fat foods.
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replied November 6th, 2008
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Sharp chest pains are reported in some patients with mitral valve prolapse, which can be prolonged.
It's good to know that more than 95 percent of all thyroid nodules are non-cancerous growths, and, that the incidence of thyroid nodules increases with age.
So, 60% of 60 year olds have at least one thyroid nodule.

Having multiple nodules can be a sign of hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism affects metabolism in general, so, besides, not eating fat foods, this condition can lead to high cholesterol levels in blood).

Waiting for informations from the following examinations!
Best wishes for you and your wife!

Marija
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replied November 7th, 2008
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Thank you MandMs
She has about 10-20 nodules. One is big (size unknowed) to me. She also has hypothyroidism. She is 5'6'' and weights 120 lbs. She walk for an hour or more every day. And looks very young. Eat very well. In New York now will be back in Florida next week and see the doctors for more information. At that time I will let you know what's going on.
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replied November 7th, 2008
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You are welcome anytime!
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replied November 15th, 2008
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The large nodule on the thyroid is 34mm. Getting biopsy on that next week. Stress test of heart was not good must go for another more advance type next week. Had MRI of liver yesterday, waiting for report. Jack
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replied November 25th, 2008
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Do you already have results from the latest examinations?
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replied November 25th, 2008
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Yesterday she went for a biosey of the thyroid..That should take a few days. She will be getting a heart monitor tomorrow. And another kind of stree test in a few day or so. I have a question about her MRI...They called today liver and panceas numbers are still high. The MRI shown the liver in good condition. BUT they said there was Muitply anginoma in her body that may cause her back pain. Is this cancer? The doctors are now looking all this over.
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replied November 25th, 2008
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That was MULTIPLE ANGIOMAS
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replied November 28th, 2008
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Angioma is a benign tumor formed as a knot of small blood vessels, and isn't a cancer.
Angiomas can be found at skin and inner organs. Liver can be affected, too.
When small they are, usually, asymptomatic.
So, depending on size and location in organ, they can cause bleeding and treatment will be needed.
Sometimes, multiple angiomas, can be seen along with other clinical features, in form of some syndrome.
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replied December 13th, 2008
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Biopsy of thyroid was okay for now. That is outside of nodule, inside could be bad. Will be rechecked in four months or so. Heart test were good. Turn monitor in two days ago and the heart doctor will see her next month. December 16 she will be getting a MRI of the lung and upper area of the body to check thoes angioma. They may be the problem. Will update when I find out something. Jack
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replied December 20th, 2008
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Still waiting on MRI report. The heart doctor said the monitor showed she has PVC of the heart. We will be seeing him next week for whatever. Jack Also have a Great Christmas.
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replied December 29th, 2008
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mri report: Several rounded lesions are seen within the vertebral bodies in the thoracic spine. Several have the apearance of typical meningiomas. Other represent hemoangiomas. The largest is 1.8cm in the T12 vertebral body. Similar lesions are present in T11, T8, T3 and C7. The lesions are rounded and well circumscribed, involve verteral bodies. The signal characteristics are bright on T2, a few of the lesions are bright on T1 which are likely to represent atypical hemangiomas. numerous lesions are present have followup in six months to document stability would be helpfu. WHAT does all this mean does she have cancer. Doctor seem worried. Jack
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