Oh my stars, I can breathe again.
The pathology from the thyroid biopsy is in and all indicators are that it’s benign. A hyperplastic nodule is the official term. Quoting from the report on my 2.7 cm solid lesion (ewww, lesion’s a gross word) in the left lobe of the thyroid gland:
The specimen shows low but marginally adequate material for assessment, with good cytopreservation. The specimen is composed of several clusters of microfollicular thyroid tissue, predominantly contained within the cell block material. The lining follicular epithelial cells have a cytologically bland appearance [BLAND!? I’m cytologically bland?! If I wasn’t so relieved, I’d be offended]. The features would be most consistent with a benign thyroid lesion, possibly a component of a hyperplastic nodule. There is no cytological evidence of atypia or malignancy in this material.
So, the next step is probably to treat it with thyroid medication to see if that will shrink it. But I can also just leave it alone. Surgery isn’t required.
I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of A Christmas Carol. Be careful if you see me, I may just give you a big wet sloppy kiss.
So thank you to St. Blaise, patron saint of the thyroid, all my lovely bjournal readers, tweeps, facebook friends, and of course real live in-person friends and family. Thanks for being there through my crazy this past month.
MWAH!!! (Ha! Gotcha!)