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A 39-year-old member asked:

can size of thyroid multinodular goiter be reduced?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
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 hyperthyroidism. If there is a cyst, aspiration of the cyst may shrink the gland, but the fluid in the cyst often comes back. If the goiter is big and compressing airway or esophagus, surgery may be needed.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Having a goiter that has grown over years could be sub sternal thyroid?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Possibly: It could be or it could just be an enlarging goiter. A thyroid u/s is the first test to evaluate this. Other tests can follow but you usually will know the seriousness of this with a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
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what did the U/S showed? can you type in the report?
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Possible thyroid enlargement / who do I tell?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Your PCP!: Most doctors can adequately assess your thyroid concerns, and make an appointment with an endocrinologist if needed. The tests i recommend are free t3, (liothyronine) tsh, antithyroid antibodies. If you have a goiter, you may need an ultrasound. If thyroid disease is common in family members, it increases your likelyhood of having issues.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Possible thyroid enlargement I think. Dr says no. What now?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Get 2nd opinion.: Have another doctor give you second opinion. I would suggest an endocrinologist or a surgeon with thyroid experience or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is a goiter on the thyroid caused by?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Iodine deficiency,,,: By far, the most common cause of goiter is iodine deficiency, to the extent of 90% of cases. Diseases, like hyper and hypo thyroidism are also causes.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

Explain please: "heterogenous micronodular thyroid...suspect multinodular goiter"? Do I need to see a specialist or is my Physician's Assistant good?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: If there are no nodules over one centimeter and your hormone levels are good then no specialist needed.

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