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Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Is it normal to have an enlarged thyroid but no other symptoms?

Yes, its possible: As a matter of fact, most goiter presentations here in the US occur in the absence of thyroid symptoms! The enlargement usually is due to multi-nodular goiter (MNG), early stages of Hashimoto's or Graves' disease (the latter is the most likely to present with symptoms). ...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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Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid, normal thyroid function yet having thyroid symptoms, is this normal?

Depends: What do you mean by "thyroid symptoms?" if your thyroid functions are normal there could be something else causing those symptoms. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of an underactive thyroid and an enlarged thyroid but the ultrasound came back normal. What does that mean?

I have symptoms of an underactive thyroid and an enlarged thyroid but the ultrasound came back normal. What does that mean?

Thyroid levels?: An enlarged thyroid on exam is subjective. The us is better at asessing thyroid size and volume and to rule out other problems which sometimes can be seen on thyroid glands. If your thyroid hormone levels are normal, most likely your symptoms are not related to a thyroid problem. The normal us is reassuring. ...Read more

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All of my ultrasounds/scans came back normal but I have an enlarged thyroid, is that okay?

All of my ultrasounds/scans came back normal but I have an enlarged thyroid, is that okay?

Probably: Unless the goiter (enlarged thyroid) is very large, it should cause few if any problems. However, something is causing the goiter. In the US, it is usually because the immune system is inappropriately making antibodies that attack a person's own proteins in the thyroid (auto-, or self-directed, immunity). This may cause abnormal thyroid levels in the future, and needs to be checked regularly. ...Read more

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TSH level was .85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

TSH level was .85. Ultrasound confirmed I have an enlarged thyroid with a goiter on the right side of thyroid. Have a ton of symptoms, hyperthyroidism?

Thyroid: In most labs the TSH level would be quite low and indicate hyperthyroidism (excess T4) though this should be measured to ensure it is not due to other factors. You should be evaluated for the various causes like Graves, Toxic adenoma, and hyperplasia. Then a best treatment can be offered. ...Read more

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Can someone have an enlarged thyroid (not from nodules), but completely normal tsh, free T4 and T3 studies?

Can someone have an enlarged thyroid (not from nodules), but completely normal tsh, free T4 and T3 studies?

Yes: The size of the thyroid does not relate to the function. People can have large thyroids with low, normal, or high thyroid levels. Most people with goiters (enlarged thyroid) have normal thyroid function. ...Read more

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What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

What could be causing my enlarged thyroid if I have no other serious symptoms?

Autoimmunity: Goiters, or enlarged thyroids, may be associated with high, low, or normal thyroid levels. Often, if the thyroid levels are normal, there is no need to do anything but keep an eye on things. Autoimmunity, where the immune system makes antibodies against someone's own proteins, is the cause for most thyroid problems in the US, including goiters and nodules as well as high & low thyroid levels. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of an enlarged thyroid?

Mass effect.: A large thyroid may or may not produce too much thyroid hormone so symptoms quite variable. The mass itself may produce difficulty swallowing or sensation of a lump in the throat which indeed it is. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

Enlarged thyroid on right side of neck, is this normal?

No: It's common but not normal. See your doc for labwork, exam and possibly a thyroid ultrasound. Good luck. ...Read more

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Enlarged thyroid but normal blood tests, treatment?

Enlarged thyroid but normal blood tests, treatment?

Incomplete info: How enlarged is thyroid? Any family history of goiter? Are you from an area where the soil is deficient in iodine? What were the actual results of blood tests? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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