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What's an enlarged thyroid?

What's an enlarged thyroid?

Goiter: Its usually caused by inflammation. This may be autoimmune or infectious. At times it's caused by normal pubertal changes. It does not have to be associated with dysfunction ie hyper or hypo thyroidism. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more


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What causes an enlarged thyroid?

What causes an enlarged thyroid?

Different things: A very common cause of diffuse goiter in the us is autoimmune, mostly hashimoto's but also grave's disease. Multinodular goiter, congenital goiter- babies born with goiter for different reasons, iodine deficiency. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, what does that mean?

Enlarged thyroid, what does that mean?

Different causes: possible but all enlargement must be scrutinized for the bad causes.See ur doc or Endocrinology,and soon. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

What does an enlarged thyroid mean to you?

Goiter: This is usually due to inflammation which may be acute secondary to infection or may be chronic due to an autoimmune disorder. In rare cases it can be due to a mass ie cancer or a fluid collection or cyst. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thyroid how will this affect me?

I have an enlarged thyroid how will this affect me?

Cause?: Depends upon whether it's large because of inflammation (thyroiditis), nodules, over or under function. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an enlarged thyroid mean?

Large Thyroid: It could mean anything from a viral infection to cancer. An enlarged thyroid should be evaluated by you physician. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged thyroid?

Mass effect.: A large thyroid may or may not produce too much thyroid hormone so symptoms quite variable. The mass itself may produce difficulty swallowing or sensation of a lump in the throat which indeed it is. ...Read more

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I might have an enlarged thyroid. How do I find out for sure?

I might have an enlarged thyroid. How do I find out for sure?

Exam and ultrasound: First see your doctor who will examine the gland. He can then oder thyroid bllod test and order an ultrasound if he thinks it is indicated. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged thyroid and how is it taken care of?

What causes an enlarged thyroid  and how is it taken care of?

Multiple causes: Most are benign goiters, but sometimes thyroid enlargement is caused by cancer or hyperthyroidism. Treatment varies related to symptoms and cause. Most goiters do not need any treatment, but you need to see a doc to have it checked. You don't want to miss a curable cancer or suffer unnneccessarily if you have hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Yes, its possible: As a matter of fact, most goiter presentations here in the US occur in the absence of thyroid symptoms! The enlargement usually is due to multi-nodular goiter (MNG), early stages of Hashimoto's or Graves' disease (the latter is the most likely to present with symptoms). ...Read more

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What are the potential risks of a pronounced (enlarged) thyroid?

What are the potential risks of a pronounced (enlarged) thyroid?

Usually none!: Usually a sign of both hypothyroidism, or grave's disease, which causes overactivity. However, both thyroid nodules and malignacy can do this. You need some blood tests, and ultrasound of your thyroid, and perhaps a thyroid biopsy, if indicated. Women are more prone to goiters, usually caused by autoimmune issues! ...Read more

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What to do if I had enlarged thyroid and abnormal thyroid studies?

What to do if I had enlarged thyroid and abnormal thyroid studies?

Enlarged Thyroid: An enlarged thyroid is called a goiter. I'd be interested to know if you have any nodules on your thyroid. You don't say what was abnormal about your thyroid studies and if you are talking about a lab, a biopsy, or a sonogram or scan. If you have low thyroid activity, hypothyroidism, then you need thyroid medication. I encourage you to give more details on the abnormalities. ...Read more

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What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

Autoimmunity: Goiters, or enlarged thyroids, may be associated with high, low, or normal thyroid levels. Often, if the thyroid levels are normal, there is no need to do anything but keep an eye on things. Autoimmunity, where the immune system makes antibodies against someone's own proteins, is the cause for most thyroid problems in the US, including goiters and nodules as well as high & low thyroid levels. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Depends: What do you mean by "thyroid symptoms?" if your thyroid functions are normal there could be something else causing those symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an enlarged thyroid and how to avoid it?

Many possibilities: An enlarged thyroid (goiter) has many causes. Are thyroid blood levels (tsh, ft4) normal? If not, then one thinks about hyper/hypothyroidism, graves disease, hashimotos, etc. Is the goiter nodular or smooth? This may require an ultrasound, with biopsy of suspicious nodules. In younger people, hashimotos is very common. Low grade inflammation, eventual hypo. There's no way to avoid this. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid, but not hypothyroidism. What could it be?

Enlarged thyroid, but not hypothyroidism. What could it be?

See details: Most people with enlarged thyroids have normal thyroid function. Have an ultrasound of the thyroid done as a first step. ...Read more

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Possible thyroid enlargement / who do I tell?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more