My thyroid gland has been enlarged for years, but since my bloodwork has always come back normal, the doctors never called for any other tests. My new PCP felt that I needed to have an ultrasound and they found a nodule. Now, after about 8 years of being told that my enlarged thyroid gland was not a problem, I find I actually have a growth. The doctor is telling me that it is most likely benign and just means that I have a greater potential for getting thyroid disease. How do they know by looking at a fuzzy ultrasound? I'm thinking of requesting a needle biopsy to be sure that I don't have a malignant tumor. Otherwise, I will be constantly wondering about it. Have any of you ever had this done? I'm not at all good with needles! Any comments/info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!