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Does lithium cause goiter?

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. ...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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Confused with my thyroid. Does a goiter mean you are making too much thyroid, or mean you don't have enough thyroid?

Either: A goiter is a term used to describe the enlargement of the thyroid gland. There are many reasons why a thyroid will be enlarged. Sometimes, the enlargement will cause hyperthyroid (too much), sometimes hypothyroid (not enough) and sometimes it has no effect on the function of the thyroid at all. You need a blood test to know what the enlargement (goiter) is causing. ...Read more

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Is a goiter treatable?

Yes: Treatment will depend on what triggered the goiter.It can vary from simple medication to surgical removal.Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How is goiter treated by endocrinologist?

Thyroid Masses: "goiters" are enlarged thyroid glands. They can be benign or actually cancerous. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. This sometimes involves blood tests, scans and possibly a needle biopsy. Drugs or surgeries may be indicated after the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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How to control a goiter?

Depends on cause: If it is a diffuse goiter, it may be caused by high tsh, which can arise in hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency (rare in usa, as salt is iodinated) or excessive goitrogens in susceptible ppl (like cauliflower). Treating the hypothyroidism can slow growth, if the above is the cause. If enlarging modules is the cause, surgery. Depends on cause, radioactive iodine may help. ...Read more

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Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Multinodular goiter dx. Us biopsy of thyroid- benign. What's the treatment for goiter? history of cancer- can't i just get it removed prophylacticly?

Why?: Unless it represents a danger like cancer, or is a severe physical or cosmetic problem, why remove an organ "prophylactically"/ if that were true, why not also "prophylactically" remove your nose, breasts, external ears, toes, one kidney......And all the other parts of your body you don't really need that could potentially cause trouble in the future? ...Read more

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I've been a half deaf for 12 years since i got a goiter.I visited a doctor (12 years ago) & he told me nerve damage.Is there a new treatment nowdays?

I've been a half deaf for 12 years since i got a goiter.I visited a doctor (12 years ago) & he told me nerve damage.Is there a new treatment nowdays?

Difficult to say: Because it's not clear the association for your goiter with hearing loss, i'd recommend seeing an audiologist and ENT physician (otorhinolaryngologist) for your hearing loss. Let's see if it's actually nerve damage or some other problem. ...Read more

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How to cure goiter w/out internal treatment what kind of medicine to drink please help me, thanks?

Go to Doctor: You need evaluation to find out why you have a goiter. Then the doctor can set up a plan for a cure. Do not try drinking "magic water" to cure goiter. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy trigger goiter?

Hashimotos : Most cases of goiter are autoimmune in nature. This means your own body is sending antibodies to inflame the gland. Pregnancy is one of the peak times of physiologic stress where this happens. The others are adolescence and menopause. Your doctor can measure antibodies and thyroid function. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent goiter or hypothyroidism if I have an iodine allergy?

Are there any good ways to prevent goiter or hypothyroidism if I have an iodine allergy?

Techincally no such: You may be allergic to iodinated chemical compounds, such as radiographic dies, but you cannot be allergic to "the elemental" iodine, or iodine as a charged particle. Iodine is your thyroid, exist throughout your body, and you certainly can take in iodinized salt. This should not be a problem. Talk with your primary care doctor, an endocrinologist, or an allergy specialist, if you have doubts! ...Read more

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Foods shoulb be avoid in multinoduler goiter?

Foods shoulb be avoid in multinoduler goiter?

No food restrictions: Worldwide, the common reason for goiter is a lack of iodine, known as iodine deficiency. In order to absorb as much iodine from the bloodstream as possible, the thyroid gets bigger due to an increase in thyroid cells. In america, people get enough iodine in their diet (usually through iodine added to salt), so there aren't good nor bad foods with regard to the thyroid problem. ...Read more

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What happens when you get a goiter? Does it go away completely if treated for hormone problems?

Depends: Depends on type of goiter, thyroid function and treatment. A treatment that frequently (but not always) causes significant shrinkage is radioactive iodine for an over active thyroid. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease and had my thyroid removed (benign goiter). Do i need to go for genetic testing before getting pregnant?

I have celiac disease and had my thyroid removed (benign goiter). Do i need to go for genetic testing before getting pregnant?

Counselling helps: I think anyone who has concerns about planing a pregnancy should consider consulting a geneticist. Every pregnancy has about 4% risk of an unexpected event, that includes prematurity, cleft lip, & others. Within your family tree there may be issues on either side that deserve discussion.With that data in hand you can approach the process with less worry on most occasions.See www.Nsgc.Org for list. ...Read more

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Would the risk of goiter be eliminated by addition of iodine?

It depends : If you grew up in the United States, it is unlikely that low iodine is the cause of goiter, since so much of our processed food is made with supplemental iodized salt. However, if you are from an iodine-poor area of the world (central europe or africa, for example), then the addition of iodine may help. ...Read more

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What're the risks involved with goiter removal?

Depends: On the surgeon. Who told you the goiter must be removed? Are you having symptoms of compression? What is the cause of the goiter? An overactive or underactive thyroid? See a thyroidologist before a surgeon. ...Read more

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What's a goiter?

What's a goiter?

Enlarged thyroid: Goiter is a lay term for enlargement of the thyroid gland. Goiters can have normal function or can be under- or over-active; the term refers only to the size of the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is a goiter painful?

Is a goiter painful?

Painful goiter: It can be -- infection can cause goiter and pain. This is called acute thyroiditis. Most goiters are painless. ...Read more

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Is goiter hereditary?

Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more