A 24-year-old male asked:
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can one have hyperthyroidism even though the there is no visible swollen glands in the neck?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Certainly: Many women with hyperthyroidism do not have a noticeably enlarged thyroid gland.
Answered on Dec 28, 2019
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Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman commented
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
same is true for men, see my answer
Feb 23, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
May begin quietly: Hyperthyroidism in either gender can begin quietly, as an immune malfunction begins causing the gland to put out excessive hormone. Early on the only signs may be rapid pulse, early fatigue, tremor, loose stools. Over time the gland may swell, but long after your body has had a metabolic war going on between its various parts.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013
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Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Size doesn't matter: ;) the function of your thyroid isn't necessarily related to the size of the gland...That is, a normal sized gland might be hyperactive (also, an enlarged gland can be hypoactive). A simple blood test can diagnose hypo/hyperthyroidism. See your pcp.
Answered on Mar 2, 2012
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Dr. Stuart Seigel
12 years experience Endocrinology
Absolutely: Absolutely. Many patients with hyperthyroidism dont necessarily have a visibly or palpably enlarged thyroid. Also there are multiple causes of hyperthyroidism and not all the causes involve an enlarged thyroid.
Answered on Jan 26, 2015
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
31 years experience Head and Neck Surgery
No swelling: Not all cases of hyperthyroidism are in cases of thyroiditis. Some people can't see an enlarged thyroid because of their weight. Hyperthyroidism is a diagnosis made on symptoms and lab tests, not necessarily on thyroid enlargement.
Answered on Jun 9, 2016

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