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San Francisco (Dec. 28) - Tipper Gore, the wife of Vice President Al Gore, had surgery today to remove a nodule that was discovered recently in her thyroid gland. The purpose of the surgery was to determine if it is cancerous.
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Tipper Gore's Thyroid Nodule Not Cancerous
The growth was in the right lobe of Mrs. Gore's thyroid. After an inconclusive biopsy, she had a right thyroid lobectomy in which the right side of her thyroid gland was removed. She will probably not need treatment with thyroid hormone since the left lobe of her thyroid is intact. However, if in the future she does develop a deficiency of thyroid hormone, that should be easily be easily remedied by oral thyroid replacement, usually with a pill a day.
-- Editor, MedicineNet.com