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Adam's Apple - or thyroid??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 6, 2007
  • 02:57 PM

I went to my doctor about 2 years ago because I had noticed a lump in the front of my neck. This lump had been increasing in size for almost a year and I finally worked up the courage to go to see my GP. He looked at it, gave it a quick feel and told me it was my adam's apple (I'm female).

I questioned him saying that I didn't think women had them, and he told me that was a common misconception.

A year later, I was admitted for surgery on my nose and the surgeon came to see me pre-op. He immediately noticed the lump an had his anaesthetist come and check it out. It didn't interfere with surgery, but he advised me to go straight back to my GP and DEMAND a referral to ENT.

I got my referral and within 14 days of my original ENT consultation I was admitted to have surgery on what my consultant described as a HUGE thyroglossal cyst. He said if it hadn't been removed it would have begun to cause major problems within a matter of weeks.

It just shows that you can't always trust someone, just because they're a doctor!!!!

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  • I know what you mean . I had a simler problem. I had a lump on my neck and it stated to grow fast. In two weeks in almost double in size. Went to doctor and said it a golter. He sent me to a gland doctor and he said it nothing to worry about. He sent me too another doctor to setup for a appointment for surgery to remove it. Will less the three days later and nothing to worry about i was at home. I could not catch my breath and had to be rush to the hospital. When i got there i was told there was nothing they could do to help me. I dont rember all the details that happen that day. There a teaching Hospital about 60 miles from there and that were they sent me. Will about two days later i wake up and could not breath at all. Will to make a long story short I was very lucky to wake almost two week later. It turn out to be Cancer on the thyroid. Yes i had thryroid problems before this all started. I took the doctor word there was nothing to worry about. BIG MISTAKE. When a lump grow that fast get help quick. Lesson learn i belived the doctor should done have done biopsy right then and there. The cancer doctor it said it blow up.I am darm lucky to be alive today. To me the only doctor that had a clue was the cancer doctor. By the way I was told it was almost 6 hours of surgey. All told i was in hospital for a month and I have to have scan done every six months.Yes i did six treatment of cemo and that was not fun.
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  • I had a similar problem but it was with my ENT. The first time I saw him he told me there was a chance the lump on my thyroid (he'd already measured it with a scan) was cancer and that regardless of what the biopsy results were, he was going to have to remove the the lump due to it's large size. A month later when I saw him again he told me the results were in conclusive but that it was nothing to worry about and that he'd see me again in ONE YEAR! I mentioned to him how he had last said he was going to remove the lump regardless of the results, he said he'd never said that and that there was no lump. Frustrated and confused I asked why then was my neck swollen, he told me it ws because I was fat. I went back to my endocrinologist and she sent me to another ENT out of town by the time I got in to see him and got in for surgery, nearly one year had past since it had been originally scanned and when they removed it it had more then doubled in size and was diagnosed at cancer. I was going for radiation by the time I was due to the that first doctor again, glad I never went back to him. The best part is he personally called my home after I saw the other ENT, he wanted to see me again. I refused to go but my mother wanted to hear what he had to say. When she got to his office he asked her why she had come, she reminded him he'd called us. He apologized and opened my file, he said he'd gotten the report from the other doctor and smugly started that the other doctor had said the same thing he did. My mother, confused told him that the other doctor believed it was likely cancer and I was booked for surgery. He proceeded to argue with her, that no the report said it's probably nothing and the recheck in a year. She looked at the report he was reading and realized he was reading his OWN report. She thanked him and left. I'm just glad I didn't get my surgery done by him.
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  • I went to my doctor about 2 years ago because I had noticed a lump in the front of my neck. This lump had been increasing in size for almost a year and I finally worked up the courage to go to see my GP. He looked at it, gave it a quick feel and told me it was my adam's apple (I'm female).I questioned him saying that I didn't think women had them, and he told me that was a common misconception.A year later, I was admitted for surgery on my nose and the surgeon came to see me pre-op. He immediately noticed the lump an had his anaesthetist come and check it out. It didn't interfere with surgery, but he advised me to go straight back to my GP and DEMAND a referral to ENT.I got my referral and within 14 days of my original ENT consultation I was admitted to have surgery on what my consultant described as a HUGE thyroglossal cyst. He said if it hadn't been removed it would have begun to cause major problems within a matter of weeks.It just shows that you can't always trust someone, just because they're a doctor!!!!The physician was definitely wrong, but one thing is true, both sexes have a trachea; in males, it is larger and it tends to protrude. Women also have more adipose tissue, which covers the trachea; therefore, the colloquial expression “Adam’s apple” is used; yet it can appear in women who are thin and not in men who are heavy.
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