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Can a goiter grow back after being removed?

Can a goiter grow back after being removed?

Yes: It is not common, but is possible. I don't recommend it myself, but some surgeons perform subtotal thyroidectomies, where they only remove a portion of the gland. This dramatically increases the chances of thyroid regrowth. However, even after a standard thyroidectomy, it very rarely possible for the thyroid to regrow from the minute amount of tissue that may be left behind. ...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 a goiter to grow?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long do goiters take to grow and nodules?

A long time: Can be a long time assymptomatic sped up by iodinated contrast dye, for example. A non-toxic multinodular goiter can grow over decades at a rate of 0-20% a year.Taking idodine by mouth in supplements or drugs or havng a heart cath can lead to toxic multinodular goiter. Most thyroid nodules with cancer are "cold nodules" that do not light up as producing thryoid hormone by radioactive iodine scan. ...Read more

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Do goiters go away and never come back if treated?

Do goiters go away and never come back if treated?

Thyroid : I assume you're talking about a thyroid goiter. If you happen to have an under active thyroid gland, then replacement therapy with a medication like levothyroxine can help reduce the size of a goiter. This would require lifelong therapy. If you had a growth in the gland, then this might require surgery. This would remove the goiter permanently. You should go see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?

Yes: Goiter is simply the term for an enlarged thyroid. Usually it is bilateral (both sides) but you can have marked difference from one side or the other. One sided masses of the thyroid are more concerning for a thyroid cancer, and so should be evaluated at least with an ultrasound, and perhaps with a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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If I have a goiter, will taking iodine help to return my thyroid back to normal size?

If I have a goiter, will taking iodine help to return my thyroid back to normal size?

If iodine deficient : Iodine deficiency isn't common in the us because of the availability of iodized salt. If deficient, a goiter could develop. However, taken without deficiency can cause thyroid dysfunction and is therefore not recommended except in patients with iodine deficiency. ...Read more

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Can sleeping facedown hurt my goiter? I've had pain there the past few weeks; i sleep on my back now but the pain persists. Could I have injured it?

Can sleeping facedown hurt my goiter? I've had pain there the past few weeks; i sleep on my back now but the pain persists.  Could I have injured it?

Shouldn't: Sleeping on your thyroid shouldn't hurt. Usually goiters don't hurt anyway. If you are having pain in your thyroid, you should have an evaluation to figure out why. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound on neck, diagnosis as goiter. Thyroid tests came back normal. This was year ago. Should i follow up with the goiter situation?

Had ultrasound on neck, diagnosis as goiter. Thyroid tests came back normal. This was year ago. Should i follow up with the goiter situation?

Yes you need to: Goiter needs follow up at least once a year to see if it is changing in size. Since it can grow or change into cancer, most thyroid specialistsd(endocrinologists) would advise removal with thyroid surgery. So go see one and find out your options to solve this problelm. ...Read more

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