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I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

Not necessarily: Euthyroid means that at the moment you do not have biochemical hypo or hyperthyroidism. Not everyone with positive thyroid antibodies develops autoimmune thyroid disease. However, given that we know that your antibodies are positive, i would have your thyroid tests monitored regularly. How often depends on your doctors opinion. I monitor people like you twice early. ...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


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Can goiters on thyroid affect singing?

Can goiters on thyroid affect singing?

Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. ...Read more

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What can cause a substernal goiter?

What can cause a substernal goiter?

Not known: Decades ago iodine deficiency was a common cause. These days the cause of benign enlargement of the thyroid (goiter) is not known. A substernal goiter is an enlarged thyroid that extends from the neck into the chest. Anyone with an enlarged thyroid should have an ultrasound and most likely a needle biopsy of the gland. ...Read more

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I have thyroid goiter, pain, how can I treat this?

I have thyroid goiter, pain, how can I treat this?

Thyroiditis: You may have thyroiditis. There are several forms: some resolve by themselves, and others go on and need treatment. Symptomatic treatment may help (eg. Ibuprofen) but it is important to get to the cause, and you should see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can levothyroxin help a goitered thyroid?

To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more

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I have 5 "nodules" in my thyroid, 2 of which have grown their own vascular rims. How serious is this? I have 5 "nodules" "goiters" or whatever word d'jour pops up. Two of these growths have grown their own vascular rim, and no one is doing anything. I

Multinodular goiter: Multi nodular goiter (mng) is likely what you are describing. This condition often times does not cause thyroid hormone problems but if it does, then the term functional or toxic mng is applied. In either scenario, the options including just monitoring nodular size by us versus thyroid removal, either surgically or via radioactive iodine. Seldom that use of thyroid hormone therapy will be helpful. ...Read more

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Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules same as goiter?

Nodules and goiter: A nodule is a knot. You can have 1 or multiple in the thyroid. Goiter means an enlarged thyroid. Hence, you can have multiple nodules causing what is known as a mulitnodular goiter. ...Read more

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Can a hashimoto thyroid goiter be shrunk with diet?

No effect of diet: Unfortunately, it is an autoimmune disease, controlled by antibodies to the thyroid, and diet will not help. If you are hypothyroid, you may benefit from levothyroxine. But it is hard to get that inflamed thyroid to shrink. ...Read more

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I have thyroid cyst what should I do?I also hv mild nodule n goiter.

I have thyroid cyst what should I do?I also hv mild nodule n goiter.

Size matters: If the size of your thyroid is causing you symptoms of compression (pressure, pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing), then i would recommend that you have your thyroid removed. If any nodule is > 1cm then it should be biopsied. Otherwise, just observe with yearly or every other year ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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