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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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