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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
A big thyroid: Enlargement can be associated with an overactive or underactive gland. See your doctor and have a blood test done.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Cheney
44 years experience in Endocrinology
Enlarged thyroid: Goiter is a lay term for enlargement of the thyroid gland. Goiters can have normal function or can be under- or over-active; the term refers only to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience in Endocrinology
Define goiter: Hi. Strictly speaking, goiter only refers to an abnormal size and/or shape of the thyroid. Therefore, goiter can be diffuse, multi-nodular, or uni-nod ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid) is almost never painful. Goiters and their symptoms (trouble swallowing, breathing, etc) increase slowly. A pain ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
32 years experience in Endocrinology
Unknown.: Unfortunately, the reasons for nodule development in the thyroid gland are not well understood.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, it can: Yes, lithium can cause goiter. Prevalence of this is about 20% in patients living in areas with enough iodine in the soil, to 87% in iodine-deficient ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience in Radiology
Yes: By definition, any enlargement of the thyroid gland is a goiter. So if the nodule is causing the thyroid to be enlarged, there is a goiter. The questi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
These nodules can: sometimes be reduced in size by taking a small amount of Thyroid medicine.This requires some expertise.See an Endocrinologist for the best care.
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience in Interventional Radiology
See ENT surgeon. : You may need an ultrasound guided biopsy.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
Maybe: If you treat with levothyroxine, lowering the tsh, the goiter may shrink. But often it does not, at least not much. There is also a risk of inducing ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Either: A goiter is a term used to describe the enlargement of the thyroid gland. There are many reasons why a thyroid will be enlarged. Sometimes, the enla ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience in Endocrinology
May need biopsy: A solitary nodule in a goiter, that is "cold" on scan, needs to be biopsied by someone who is good at this. Although the likelihood of cancer is low, ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Treatment will depend on what triggered the goiter.It can vary from simple medication to surgical removal.Discuss with your doc.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience in Endocrinology
Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience in Internal Medicine
Thyroid hormone: For recemt goiters. If very old, no response.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
21 years experience in Radiology
Yes.: Most thyroid nodules remain stable over many years. Some can increase in size and some can decrease. It depends on the composition of the nodule.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McMahan
47 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Thyroid Masses: "goiters" are enlarged thyroid glands. They can be benign or actually cancerous. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. This sometimes involves bl ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dang
13 years experience in Radiology
Occur together: It is probably more likely that the nodules happen to occur along with hypothyroidism, i.e., whatever caused the hypothyroidism cause the nodules as w ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience in Endocrinology
Depends on type: A goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland, may result from: hypothyroidism, iodine (i) deficiency, thyroid nodules, or graves' disease. Thyroid hormone and ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Yes: There are many types of thyrotoxicosis. You should see a thyroidologist.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience in Endocrinology
Why?: Unless it represents a danger like cancer, or is a severe physical or cosmetic problem, why remove an organ "prophylactically"/ if that were true, why ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lang
51 years experience in Endocrinology
Only occassionally: While almost all thyroid cancers are cold, so are most benign nodules. If the nodule is hot, it is extremely rare for it to be cancer. If it is cold a ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
Difficult to say: Because it's not clear the association for your goiter with hearing loss, i'd recommend seeing an audiologist and ENT physician (otorhinolaryngologist ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Allan
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Go to Doctor: You need evaluation to find out why you have a goiter. Then the doctor can set up a plan for a cure. Do not try drinking "magic water" to cure goiter ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
10---15 days: You have autoimmune hypothyroidism and need to to be seen by an endocrinologist , who want to be sure cold or hot nodules and ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Koganski
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
NO: Thyroid supplementation occasionally can help to shrink a nodule, and has been used to suppress the growth.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience in Endocrinology
Possibly autoimmune: Heterogeneous texture is an ultrasound description of thyroid tissue that looks irregular, as if there are many small nodules. This is a common findi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Young
8 years experience in Internal Medicine
Autoimmune: For reasons we don't fully understand, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. This causes a very low grade inflammation which over time can di ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Auto ImmuneCondition: Hashimoto Thyroiditis is an auto immune condition of Thyroid Gland.Your immine sustem attacks your thyroid gland with antibody mediated immune respons ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience in Endocrinology
Multinodular goiter: Hi. Your hyper-functioning nodule is producing thyroid hormone without pituitary regulation. Since you have multiple nodules, chances are they're all ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not exactly: Thyroid nodules are specific growths coming out of the thyroid gland. A goiter refers to diffuse enlargement of the entire thyroid gland. Nodules and ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience in Endocrinology
Rare: You can't have both at the same time, however, you can have long-standing hypothyroidism and later develop a toxic goiter either due to graves' diseas ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: All pregnant women develop a subtle goiter during pregnancy. Some women may develop thyroid problems in pregnancy. These are checked with a simple b ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Feldman
40 years experience in Endocrinology
No: I have never heard of this association.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience in Endocrinology
Iodide in salt: People with "iodine allergies" are actually allergic to iodine attached to large molecules, such as those used as contrast in imaging tests. They are ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
No food restrictions: Worldwide, the common reason for goiter is a lack of iodine, known as iodine deficiency. In order to absorb as much iodine from the bloodstream as po ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Not necessarily: It depends on the reason for the goiter. If you are also hypothyroid than thyroid replacement might cause a decrease in goiter size. See a thyroid doc ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Counselling helps: I think anyone who has concerns about planing a pregnancy should consider consulting a geneticist. Every pregnancy has about 4% risk of an unexpected ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Kuhar
Dr. Kim Kuhar answered
33 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: At least not in his country where iodine deficiency would be rare.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience in Endocrinology
Depends: On the surgeon. Who told you the goiter must be removed? Are you having symptoms of compression? What is the cause of the goiter? An overactive or und ... Read More
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