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What causes the enlargement of a thyroid gland with a goiter or hyperthyroidism?

What causes the enlargement of a thyroid gland with a goiter or hyperthyroidism?

Depends: Hi. Goiter (abnormal size/shape of thyroid) can occur with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and euthyroidism. Broadly, goiter results from autoimmunity, benign tumors, or cancers. If you see an endocrinologist, this will be sorted out. You have Dr. Michael McDermott right there at CU School of Med, a great doc. Good luck! ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


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Could it happen that a doctor remove your thyroid gland without you having could it happen thatcer or a goiter?

Could it happen that a doctor remove your thyroid gland without you having could it happen thatcer or a goiter?

Depends: Thyroidectomy can be performed for various reasons including: suspicious thyroid nodules, biopsy proven thyroid cancer, large thyroids (goiters) causing symptoms, treatment of hyperthyroidism. Typically there is a good reason why a doctor has recommended removing the thyroid since there are risks with any type of surgery. ...Read more

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Would there be a reason to remove your thyroid gland without you having cancer or a goiter?

Would there be a reason to remove your thyroid gland without you having cancer or a goiter?

Yes: Thyroid cancers especially in adults must be resected. Younger patients do better even if tumor has spread to nodes. Goiters getting large can obstruct the breathing passages and may need surgery, but a small solitary adenoma of the thyroid that is benign but cold in terms of isotope uptake should be removed because of the high conversion rate to malignancy over time. ...Read more

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Thyroid gland hyper functioning nodule right lobe multi nodular goiter. What does this all mean?

Thyroid gland hyper functioning nodule right lobe multi nodular goiter. What does this all mean?

Multinodular goiter: Hi. Your hyper-functioning nodule is producing thyroid hormone without pituitary regulation. Since you have multiple nodules, chances are they're all overproducing thyroid hormone (aka "hot" nodules). Your radio-iodine scan will tell. Any "cold" nodule of certain size will need to be evaluated to make sure it's not cancer (you may not have any cold nodules). Treatment with 131-Iodine is easy. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of an enlarged thyroid gland?

What could be the cause of an enlarged thyroid gland?

Goiter: Enlarged gland is usually due to inflammation. This is commonly an antibody reaction against your thyroid called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or hashimotos disease. In some cases goiter is due to masses, cysts or nodules. ...Read more

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Will an enlarged thyroid gland make you less feminine?

Will an enlarged thyroid gland make you less feminine?

Enlarged thyroid: No it does not make you look less feminine. It just shows up as a bump in the neck and is as big as the mass is. Good luck. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

How will i know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

Goiter: It means the gland is larger than normal. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where most people use iodized salt, goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thyroid gland, is there anything I can do for this at home?

I have an enlarged thyroid gland, is there anything I can do for this at home?

Tapazole (methimazole): You should be seen by a competent endocrinologist. You should have a t3, t4, and TSH thyroid battery of blood tests. You may want to have an ultrasound of your thyroid. Assuming your thyroid is enlarged and TSH is very low, try tapazole (methimazole). Inexpensive and very effective but must be prescribed by a physician. ...Read more

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Doctor mentioned that i had an enlarged thyroid gland. What does this mean?

Doctor mentioned that i had an enlarged thyroid gland. What does this mean?

Thyroid Gland: Is an h-shaped glad below your adam's apple. If your thyroid gland is enlarged, that is know as goiter. ...Read more

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


Dr. James Lin
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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