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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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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


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How long do thyroid goiters and nodules take to develop?

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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How long do goiters take to grow and nodules?

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

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

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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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?

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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Dx few yrs back with mulitnodular goiter, recently developed sore throat, with pain in throat and upper chest upon swallowing, could the 2 be related?

Dx few yrs back with mulitnodular goiter, recently developed sore throat, with pain in throat and upper chest upon swallowing, could the 2 be related?

Possible: Depends on how big the gland was originally. If it's been a long time since you have it rechecked, now would be the time. It's possible that your current symptom is thyroid related, although unlikely. ...Read more

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How to control a goiter?

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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