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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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How is goiter treated? Early goiter with small nodules. Gives me headaches and breathing problems daily at random intervals.

How is goiter treated? Early goiter with small nodules. Gives me headaches and breathing problems daily at random intervals.

Goiter: How do you know it is the goiter that is causing your symptoms? A small goiter with small nodules on ultrasound probably needs no treatment, unless it is causing hypo/hyperthyroidism, or unless the nodules look suspicious of cancer (unlikely, if they are small). A goiter has to be really big to cause breathing problems. Talk to your Endocrinologist or PCP.

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Hi. I have a right eye that bulges a little and I feel pressure behind it. I have a large goiter but my blood work is fine so no treatment. Headaches 2?

Hi. I have a right eye that bulges a little and I feel pressure behind it. I have a large goiter but my blood work is fine so no treatment. Headaches 2?

Depends on you: If it were me I'd still feel like I'd want treatment if I thought my bulging eye pressure in my orbit (if it were bothering me) were caused by the goiter & I had headaches which certainly seem like they're at least as likely as not related, don't ya think RATHER than saying, "Labs are normal-- probably nothing to do..." or worse than that for someone to tell you it's all in your head. Just sayin'

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What conditions can cause goiter?

What conditions can cause goiter?

Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. Excess TSH and unregulated growth cause goiters.

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What is the cause of goiter of women?

What is the cause of goiter of women?

Many causes.: Overactive (grave's disease) or underactive thyroid, usually secondary to hashimoto's thyroiditis will cause a goiter. In graves', thyroid stimulating antibodies stimulate TSH receptors. In hypothyroidism, the pituitary gland producces more tsh, trying to keep up, but enlarging thyroid tissue at the same time. Benign multinodular goiters, and even solitary nodules can do this. Women more so!

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During my traveling by plane I got incredibly sharp piercing pain in my goiter. Do you know what might have caused that?

During my traveling by plane I got incredibly sharp piercing pain in my goiter. Do you know what might have caused that?

Goiter or neck?: Unless you are a physician, you probably can't tell if the pain is related to your thyroid, or to other structures in your neck. Thyroid pain is rare but can be caused by a viral infection, an acute bleeding episode into a preexisting nodule, or due to trauma. I would not think that traveling by plane would have anything to do with it.

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What causes goiter? How to cure one? I'm so worried about my sister that have goiter. Will she be okay? Its not big yet and its still a little bump

Thyroidologist: A goiter may be due to lack of iodine in the diet or due to a thyroid that is overactive or underactive or due to nodular growths. Rarely is one due to overeating certain foods (like cabbage, soybeans, spinach).Treatment depends on what type of goiter is present and many goiters require no treatment. It's best to have a thyroid specialist evaluate and follow the goiter.

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Could goiter cause half deaf? If not, what could cause it?

Not usually: Sensorineural deafness and underactive thyroid (including goiter) may be associated with a genetic disorder called, pendred syndrome. Goiter by itself doesn't affect hearing. Please discuss with your doctor.

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What causes goiter?

What causes goiter?

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-nodular. Underlying causes can be autoimmunity, neoplasia (benign or malignant), and drugs (e.g., lithium, amiodarone). So, a lot to causes.

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Does lithium cause goiter?

It can: Lithium use is most commonly associated with a thyroid goiter with normal thyroid hormone levels. More rarely, hyperthyroidism may occur.

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What causes a goiter to grow?

Genetics and diet: Goiters are more common when the diet is poor in iodine. Vegetarians have to be careful because cruciferous vegetables like broccolli sometimes increases the risk of goiter. Goiter can run in the family as well.

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What is goiter and what causes it to grow?

Thyroid enlargement: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid. Most cases are not cancer (but a doc needs to examine you and probably do an ultrasound). The most common cause in the usa is living in an area that has soil that is deficient in iodine. Many goiters seem to run in families. At least 5% of all women have some nodules in their thyroid and this goes up to nearly half if screened with ultrasound.

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Please explain what are the causes, symptoms and medication of goiter?

Depends: Footers come when your thyroid is working too hard. If your diet is lacking iodine you can get a goiter. If your body makes antibodies against your own thyroid (like being allergic to yourself) you can get a goiter to. It is a big like knot in the center of your neck and should not be painful. Usually the medication needed is thyroid supplementation

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Large goiter what could be causing my levels to keep going up and the meds not to work. Could you please give me some examples of what may cause this?

Large goiter what could be causing my levels to keep going up and the meds not to work. Could you please give me some examples of what may cause this?

I don't: Know what levels you're referring to and what meds don't work. A goiter is often associated with an underactive thyroid which is easy to treat with appropriate amounts of daily brand name T4 replacement. The goiter will generally not enlarge further after that. An medical exam, other lab and an an ultrasound are indicated at least initially. Check w/your doctor.

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What can cause nontoxic goiter?

What can cause nontoxic goiter?

Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. Excess TSH and unregulated growth cause goiters. Toxic goiters produce excess thyroxine.

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Can an enlarged goiter cause a weak voice?

Maybe: I'd be more concerned that a lump on the thyroid and a weak voice could mean thyroid cancer. An ENT head and neck surgeon can evaluate the thyroid and check your voice box to see what's going on. A large goiter might affect the voice by pushing on the airway, but the chief symptom would be shortness of breath.