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How long does it take to develop a goiter?

How long does it take to develop a goiter?

Years: The word goiter indicates an enlarged thyroid. Many processes can cause this, but most commonly dietary iodine deficiency or other factors lead to the slow growth (over years or decades) of nodules within the thyroid (multinodular goiter). If there is rapid growth of a goiter, one has to consider the possibility of thyroid cancer or lymphoma and seek evaluation right away. ...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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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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How long do thyroid goiters and nodules take to develop?

Goiter: Thyroid nodules and goiters are slow growing and take years to grow. However, there could be a more rapid increase in size due to tumors, inflammation, pregnancy, bleeding within the nodules, or thyrotoxicosis (hyper functioning gland). For this reason, once diagnosed, most physicians recommend thyroid nodules/goiters be monitored with annual examination and thyroid ultrasound. ...Read more

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Hi doc what is the best food for goiter?? And what medication should I take? Thanks

Hi doc what is the best food for goiter?? And what medication should I take? Thanks

Goiter: I don't know of anything that suggests food has an effect on a goiter. That said, is your thyroid enlarged or troubling you? Does the goiter interfere with your eating? Trouble swallowing? If any of these are causing a problem you should probably have a surgeon look at your goiter and decide what to do about it. ...Read more

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Is 500mg trans-resveratrol, 50mg quercetin, 250mg NR, and 75mg pterostilbene too much to take daily? Have early goiter development. Pills to blame?

Supplements: I don't know why you're taking all this stuff. Although these supplements (what is "NR"?) are compounds naturally found in foods, taking megadoses is not "natural"? I don't know of an interaction between these supplements and goiter, but if you have a goiter, you should have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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My child has goiter, will it hurt him to take synthroid (thyroxine)?

My child has goiter, will it hurt him to take synthroid (thyroxine)?

It may atually help: Goiters or enlarged thyroid glands usually are caused by autoimmune thyroid disease. This will eventually cause the thyroid to become underactive(hypothyroid). Normal thryoid status is essential to normal growth and development. If thyroid medicine is needed levothyroxine (synthroid is one trade name) is essential. ...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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Goiter (Definition)

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