The ICD 10 code for thyroid nodule is a diagnosis code used to classify and track the occurrence of thyroid cancer. The ICD 10 code was developed by the World Health Organization and is based on the 1988 edition of the International Classification of Diseases.
Thyroid nodules are an abnormal growth on the thyroid gland, and they can usually be detected through a simple medical exam. If left untreated, thyroid nodules can grow and potentially lead to thyroid cancer. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a thyroid nodule, please don’t hesitate to seek treatment. You can find more information about thyroid cancer and its treatment here.
What is an ICD 10 Code for Thyroid Nodule?
Thyroid cancer is a rare but deadly form of cancer that can occur in any part of the body. Thyroid cancer is diagnosed by ruling out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as other types of cancer, an inflammatory disease (such as Crohn’s disease or pancreatitis), and a mass in your neck or chest.
ICD 10 code for thyroid nodule: E04.1
The ICD 10 code for thyroid nodule is E04.1. This code refers to a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. The specifics of this diagnosis will depend on the particular symptoms you are experiencing and how closely they match the criteria listed below. In general, however, a thyroid nodule is defined as an enlarged lump or mound in your neck that is either painful or nontransparent to the touch and has been growing for at least six months.
Nontoxic single thyroid nodule
- Colloid nodule (cystic)(thyroid)
- Nontoxic uninodular goitre
- Thyroid (cystic) nodule NOS
Other Thyroid Nodule Related ICD 10 Codes:
- E04.2 Nontoxic multinodular goitre
Cystic goitre NOS
Multinodular (cystic) goitre NOS
- E04.8 Other specified nontoxic goitre
- E04.9 Nontoxic goitre, unspecified
- Goitre NOSNodular goitre (nontoxic) NOS
What are the Symptoms of a Thyroid Nodule?
A thyroid nodule is a mass or lump on the thyroid gland. It can be small (less than 1 cm), medium-sized (1-2 cm), or large (more than 2 cm). The most common type of thyroid nodule is the papillary, which is made up of cells that are closely packed and have a round shape. Other types of thyroid nodules include the follicular, which are composed of several groups of cells that are scattered throughout the gland; and the medullary, which are rare and composed of only one cell.
The symptoms of a thyroid nodule depend on its size and location. In general, however, people with a thyroid nodule may experience an increase in body heat due to an increased production of heat hormones (such as testosterone) or problems sleeping due to an excess production of melatonin. Other common symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, and trouble swallowing. If the thyroids becomes enlarged or if it is located near other organs in the body such as the lungs, heart, or neck, it may cause those organs to become enlarged as well.
If you experience any of these symptoms and think you may have a thyroid nodule, consult your doctor for further evaluation.
How is a Thyroid Nodule Diagnosed?
A thyroid nodule is typically diagnosed with a physical exam and an ultrasound. If the nodule is large, or if the person has other symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, or depression, the doctor may order additional tests. Thyroid scans use radioactive iodine to image the thyroid gland. Thyroid cancer is diagnosed with a blood test that determines how much of a certain type of cancer cell is present.
What Treatment Options Are Available for a Thyroid Nodule?
There are a few treatment options available for thyroid nodules. Many people choose to have surgery, as it is the most common option. The type of surgery that is chosen depends on the size and location of the nodule. If the nodule is small, it may be treated with an incision and removal. If the nodule is larger or in a more difficult to access area, surgery may be combined with radioactive iodine therapy (RAI). RAI uses radiation to kill cells in the gland, shrinking or removing the nodule. Surgery and RAI are both effective treatments for thyroid cancer, but they have their own risks and side effects. Some people also choose to undergo ablative therapy, which uses heat or cold to destroy the tumor without any invasive procedures.