Medical Specialty >> Oncology

Doctors Lounge - Oncology Answers

Back to Oncology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/21/2017.

Forum Name: Head and Neck Cancer

Question: cystic nodule turns into very hard solid nodule?

 rosie75 - Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:19 am

What does it mean that a cystic nodule becomes very hard solid nodule without calsification? Before surgery my nodule were cystic and during surgery they found out it was very hard solid material nodule. My FNA turns out bengin and frozen section is bengin but waiting for final report from out of state lab. What are the chances that it just say bengin? He was stumpted about it being that all test showed cystic and now all of the sudden its very hard solid nodule. I am still clueless about this and if you can help me understand what this means?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:10 pm

User avatar Hi Rosie75,

Unfortunately, I am also uncertain why this would happen. My only thought is that sometimes when we do more invasive tests like a biopsy we find out that what actually is present is different from what we thought was present.

Perhaps your nodule was firm all along and the studies simply gave the impression that it was cystic. I'm really not able to give you a good reason why it would become solid if it really was cystic in the beginning.

If all the preliminary tests are coming back benign (not cancer) it is most likely that the final will as well. It is still important to follow up on this though.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us