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What is a multinodular goiter?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Large thyroid lumps: A 'goiter' refers to an enlarged thyroid gland. A multi-nodular goiter is usually diagnosed on an ultrasound scan when many lumps or 'nodules' are seen. Typically these are benign. 3 things to consider for nodular goiter: 1) big enough overall to cause problems with swallowing, voice, or breathing? 2) do nodules over-produce thyroid hormone? 3) are any of the larger or irregular nodules cancer?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is multinodular goiter preventable?

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Unknown.: Unfortunately, the reasons for nodule development in the thyroid gland are not well understood.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What's a goiter?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
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 the size of the thyroid gland.

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