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

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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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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If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

Misinformed: 1. People with ms do not have immune deficiency. Rather, their immune systems are over-active. Ms is felt to be an autoimmune disease. 2. Thyroid diseases, including goiter, are common among women; there may be a slight increase among persons with ms but this is debatable. 3. Goiter is not a symptom of nor is caused by immune deficiency. ...Read more

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How to differentiate goiter and a fat neck?

Physical exam: A careful exam by a healthcare provider who will know the anatomy and will be able to feel the outline of the thyroid --(from the greek language meaning "shaped like a shield"). Sometimes an ultrasound is used. ...Read more

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Can you have a goiter without it being visible? Meaning you do not see neck enlargement?Thank you

Can you have a goiter without it being visible? Meaning you do not see neck enlargement?Thank you

Goiter: Yes. It depends on the size of your neck and the thyroid. Many multinodular goiters in US and Europe are subclinical on visual inspection and may only be appreciated on careful palpation or ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroid and have a goiter on my neck. Can it become cancer?

I have hyperthyroid and have a goiter on my neck. Can it become cancer?

Not likely: There are several possible explanations for hyperthyroidism + goiter. At age 35, the most common cause is graves' disease, not a cancerous condition. Sometimes hyper is caused by multiple thyroid nodules. In that case, we do a iodine thyroid scan to identify nodules causing the hyper (hot nodules) and nodules not causing it (cold). Cold nodules can be cancerous, but not very often. ...Read more

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How come I have a goiter the size of a tennis ball growing in my neck?

How come I have a goiter the size of a tennis ball growing in my neck?

Good Question: Impossible to answer why in this forum. You should see a thyroid specialist- either an endocrinologist or a thyroid surgeon to help answer this question. ...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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Goiter (Definition)

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