What are thyroid nodules?

Thyroid nodules are lumps that form in the thyroid gland. Nodules can either be solid or fluid filled that form in the thyroid.

How do I know if I have a thyroid nodule?

Thyroid nodules usually present with:

  • Swelling over the front part of the neck
  • Pressure over the neck that can cause shortness of breath or difficulty in swallowing 

In some cases, these nodules can produce excessive amounts of thyroid hormones. This can cause:

  • Increased sweating
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeat

What are the common causes of thyroid nodules?

  • Thyroid cyst: Fluid filled cysts are usually non cancerous
  • Chronic inflammation of the thyroid: A thyroid disorder can cause enlarged nodules. 
  • Multinodular goiter: This can occur when there are multiple nodules in the thyroid gland. 
  • Thyroid cancer: This maybe associated with a family history of thyroid cancer or childhood exposure to radiation. 

What are the risk factors for thyroid nodules?

  • Family history of thyroid swelling or cancer
  • Gender: Women are more likely to have thyroid nodules

What should I see a doctor?

If there is any neck swelling, you should see a doctor. They may arrange for imaging such as ultrasound to determine if there are any thyroid nodules. A thyroid hormone test should also be performed to ensure there are no thyroid hormone abnormalities. Depending on how the thyroid nodules appear, further investigations (ie, fine needle aspiration) maybe performed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first ENT specialist visit?

Your ENT doctor will first take a look at your medical history, find out more about the symptoms you’re experiencing and thereafter perform a thorough physical examination. This may include certain procedures such as flexible nasoendoscopy (a look into your nasal passages with a tiny camera). Your issues will be addressed and a suitable treatment plan will be devised for you.

How do I prepare my child for the first visit to the ENT clinic?

Always talk to your child to prepare them for their ENT visit. Find out more about the issues they’re experiencing so that you can assist them in helping the ENT doctor understand their condition. Do bring along a list of their old medications and health booklet.

What modes of payment do you accept?

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • NETS
  • PayNow/PayLah
  • All major credit cards

If you are insured and require more assistance, do approach our clinic staff.

Can I claim my medical bills through my Medisave account?

Yes. All Singaporeans and PR are able to use Medisave for certain consultations, procedures, and medications at our clinic. Please contact us to find out more about the eligible services.

I have insurance. Can I use that to claim for my medical bills?

Selected procedures are deductible if patients have purchased Integrated Shield plans. Please contact us to find out more.

The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

  • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
  • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
  • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
  • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
  • AXA Shield