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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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


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I have been diagnosed with one 7mm cyst on my right lobe of the thyroid gland and one of 9mm on the left lobe. Can this cause dizziness and choking?

I have been diagnosed with one 7mm cyst on my right lobe of the thyroid gland and one of 9mm on the left lobe.  Can this cause dizziness and choking?

No: Small thyroid nodules and cysts are common in the general population, especially women over age 40. These cysts usually have no clinical significance, and are too small to cause any symptoms. A 9mm cyst is the size of a pea. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism cause inflamed thyroid and cause difficulty swallowing, coughing, and choking sensation?

Can hyperthyroidism cause inflamed thyroid and cause difficulty swallowing, coughing, and choking sensation?

Yes: Hyperthyroidism can result from inflammation of the thyroid (subacute thyroiditis). There will be pain and swelling of the thyroid that can feel like a sore throat, and cause trouble swallowing. If the thyroid is large enough, you can also have a choking sensation. Treatment for this condition is different than the usual treatment for an overactive thyroid. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid with nodules, feels like I'm choking when lying down. Keeps getting bigger. What would shrink it?

See ENT/endocrine: Enlarging thyroid nodules may necessitate biopsy or surgical removal of part or all of the thyroid. In patients with hypothyroidism, levothyroxine may help reduce nodule size. Otolaryngologist (ENT) and some general surgeons perform thyroidectomy. ...Read more

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I have excess phlegm causing choking...I am a diabetic and have several cysts on my thyroid .Some are 4 CM some are 1.7 mm. Is this causing phlegm?

I have excess phlegm causing choking...I am a diabetic and have several cysts on my thyroid .Some are  4 CM  some are 1.7 mm. Is this causing phlegm?

Well...: I doubt that it is your thyroid causing this suddenly, and it is possible. You could have a respiratory infection as well. Given that you have Diabetes you need prompt attention. ...Read more

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Could I have toxic thyroid adenoma if I have choking?

Could I have toxic thyroid adenoma if I have choking?

Unlikely.: Several reasons to have a choking sensation with swallowing. Not likely from the thyroid. ...Read more

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My doctor checked my thyroid and it felt like she was choking me. Was she upset with me over my complaints? Is it normal to press hard on neck?

My doctor checked my thyroid and it felt like she was choking me. Was she upset with me over my complaints? Is it normal to press hard on neck?

Unlikely upset: Most likely your doctor was palpating your thyroid for any nodules or enlargement. You always should feel confident in telling your physician any complaints and if the exam is uncomfortable. ...Read more

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My husband has had probs swallowing food&water for a while. He is choking and it is scarring me . He has issue w/ thyroid and on meds .Also heartburn?

My husband has had probs swallowing food&water for a while. He is choking and it is scarring me . He has issue w/ thyroid and on meds .Also heartburn?

Prob. swallowing: This should be evaluated right away. Problems swallowing can indicate a serious problem in the throat or esophagus (the muscular tube from the throat to the stomach). Also but less common could be from excessive thyroid enlargement which again could be a serious problem. ...Read more

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Persistent cough and occasional choking when eating...Could this be thyroid or throat related? Endoscopy and colonoscopy ok. Lungs ok.

Persistent cough and occasional choking when eating...Could this be thyroid or throat related? Endoscopy and colonoscopy ok. Lungs ok.

Dysphagia: The symptoms you describe are concerning. The endoscopy can only tell you information about the anatomy and not about how the swallowing mechanism is functioning. A swallowing study (modified barium swallow study) may be necessary to figure out what is the problem. A formal swallowing evaluation would be important as well. ...Read more

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