• Has anyone had the majority of their lymph nodes removed along with their thyroid?

    Asked by bigjan on Friday, February 22, 2013

    Has anyone had the majority of their lymph nodes removed along with their thyroid?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      The human body has between 500 and 700 lymph nodes, which about half of those in the abdominal area, so it would be extremely unlikely for the majority of lymph nodes to be removed with the thyroid or any other organ or gland. In most cancer removal surgeries, the uppder number of lymph nodes removed are about 20 or so.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      I had stage 4 thyroid cancer in the mid 1970's. It was finally identified by the lumps that appeared on my neck, they were my lymph nodes the size of golf balls. I spent over 8 hours in surgery with my doctors removing as many lymph nodes as they could find from my neck. So yes, I can say that I qualify to your question. I have a scar from ear to ear (along with many others) and lymphedema that causes my neck to swell but I was not expected to survive and I did. It is extreme and I would be happy to talk more about what to expect. Treatments are much different now then they were in my teenage years thank goodness - Tracy

      over 4 years ago
    • toverway's Avatar
      toverway

      I had all mu lymph nodules removed from my left side of my neck. I understand your scared and dont know where to go from here. i agree with everyone else talk to your doctor. we are here for you if you need to talk....GOD doesn't give us anything we can handle.... take care your friend yvonne

      over 4 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar
      emsavard

      I do not know the exact number I had removed with my thyroidectomy but it was a few, some malignant some not. Than 2 years later I had a right radical neck dissection and had several more removed. I presently still have 2 lymph nodes that contain TC cells but because of their location, I have opted to just keep them under observation. It has been 3 years and they actually have shrunk in size.

      over 4 years ago
    • ILDenlou's Avatar
      ILDenlou

      i had 12 lymph nodes removed with saliva gland and 1 par thyroid and full thyroid remove 5 hour surgery tall cell thyroid cancer

      over 4 years ago
    • mcecike56's Avatar
      mcecike56

      I had a reoccurrence 2010 they did a radical neck dissection They took out 32 lymph nodes out of 6 was cancers
      Marie

      over 4 years ago
    • bavin's Avatar
      bavin

      I had 21 of my lymph nodes in my neck taken out with 19 of them cancerous along with a full thyroidectomy. let me know if you have any questions!!

      over 4 years ago
    • tamp3265's Avatar
      tamp3265

      Yes. I did. This happened in March of 2011. I also had a tumor near my voice box removed. My only items now are a very dry mouth and getting my synthroid properly adjusted. It is going well

      over 4 years ago
    • BraveOwl's Avatar
      BraveOwl

      I had the majority of my neck nodes removed in an 11 hr surgery along with my thyroid

      over 3 years ago
    • Newman3's Avatar
      Newman3

      This is what's wrong, not sure what to do? A year ago there was no evidence of nodules or lump node issues.

      Exam: US SOFT TISSUE HEAD / NECK

      Date of Study: 5/16/2014 1:03 PM

      CLINICAL INFORMATION: h/o papillary thyroid microcarcinoma s/p L
      lobectomy in 2008.

      TECHNIQUE: Real-time ultrasound scanning of the thyroid performed by
      the sonographer. Representative static images and video clips are
      submitted for review.

      COMPARISON: None.

      FINDINGS:
      Status post left thyroidectomy.

      The right thyroid measures 3.9 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm.

      There is a 1.4 x 0.6 x 0.9 cm hypoechoic nodule lower pole right
      thyroid. No significant flow or calcifications.

      Laterally right mid thyroid is a 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.4 cm small hypoechoic
      nodule without calcifications.

      Inferior to the right thyroid is a 0.7 x 0.4 x 0.5 cm echogenic
      nodule. No significant flow or calcification.

      In the left thyroidectomy bed there is a 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.7 cm nodule
      that appears to be a lymph node with a large central fatty hilum as
      most of the lesion is hyperechoic.

      Normal appearing lymph nodes are seen in the bilateral neck with
      normal fatty hilum.

      IMPRESSION:

      1. STATUS POST LEFT THYROIDECTOMY. 0.7 CM NODULE IN THE INFERIOR
      THYROIDECTOMY BED IS PREDOMINANTLY HYPERECHOIC AND THEREFORE MAY
      REPRESENT A LYMPH NODE WITH LARGE FATTY HILUM. THE LESION DOES NOT
      HAVE CLASSIC FEATURES OF RECURRENCE SUCH AS MICROCALCIFICATIONS OR
      ROUNDED SHAPE BUT GIVEN THE LOCATION, IT IS DIFFICULT TO EXCLUDE
      RECURRENCE SONOGRAPHICALLY. SUGGEST CONTINUED FOLLOWUP

      2. 1.4 CM HYPOECHOIC NODULE LOWER POLE RIGHT THYROID.

      3. 0.7 CM ECHOGENIC NODULE INFERIOR/POSTERIOR TO THE RIGHT THYROID.
      DIFFERENTIAL INCLUDES LYMPH NODE OR PARATHYROID LESION ALTHOUGH IT
      DOES NOT HAVE THE TYPICAL APPEARANCE OF PARATHYROID ADENOMA.

      4. SUGGEST COMPARISON TO PRIOR STUDIES IF AVAILABLE FOR THE ABOVE
      FINDINGS TO DETERMINE

      almost 3 years ago

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