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The condition

The condition

The thyroid gland is in the neck. It produces thyroid hormones, which affect the body's growth and metabolism. Thyroid nodules are lumps in the thyroid gland, which are usually non‑cancerous (benign). The nodules sometimes cause symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) such as anxiety, weight loss, breathlessness, tiredness and eye problems.

Benign thyroid nodules may need treating if they are causing symptoms or cosmetic problems. Treatment includes drugs to reduce the production of thyroid hormones, or surgery.

NICE has looked at using ultrasound-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation as another treatment option.

NHS Choices may be a good place to find out more.

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