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How will I know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

How will I know what does an enlarged thyroid gland mean?

Goiter: It means the gland is larger than normal. The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where most people use iodized salt, goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself. ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body. It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


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What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does diffusely enlarged heterogeneous thyroid gland mean?

Graves/Thyroiditis: Most commonly this is due to graves disease or thyroiditis. In both of these cases your immune system attacks your thyroid and tries to kill it, because it thinks it is foreign, like a virus. However in graves disease the antibodies that attack the thyroid actually stimulate receptors that make it grow and produce too much thyroid hormone. In thyroiditis the immune cells infiltrate the thyroid. ...Read more

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Doctor mentioned that I had an enlarged thyroid gland. What does this mean?

Doctor mentioned that I had an enlarged thyroid gland. What does this mean?

Thyroid Gland: Is an h-shaped glad below your adam's apple. If your thyroid gland is enlarged, that is know as goiter. ...Read more

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Hello, my girlfriend diagnosed with enlarged thyroid gland with heterogeneous echo pattern consider thyroid parenchymal disease, what does that mean?

Hello, my girlfriend diagnosed with enlarged thyroid gland with heterogeneous echo pattern consider thyroid parenchymal disease, what does that mean?

Thyroid big: 24 M from Philippines states girlfriend has enlarged thyroid with echo showing scatter suggestive of thyroid disease. This means she has an enlarged thyroid. But the cause cannot be determined. She needs to see a thyroid specialist/endocrinologist to figure out what is going on. They will know what is the most likely prob in your part of the world and how to best evaluate and treat her if needed. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of an enlarged thyroid gland?

What could be the cause of an enlarged thyroid gland?

Goiter: Enlarged gland is usually due to inflammation. This is commonly an antibody reaction against your thyroid called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or hashimotos disease. In some cases goiter is due to masses, cysts or nodules. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged thyroid gland, is there anything I can do for this at home?

Tapazole (methimazole): You should be seen by a competent endocrinologist. You should have a t3, t4, and TSH thyroid battery of blood tests. You may want to have an ultrasound of your thyroid. Assuming your thyroid is enlarged and TSH is very low, try tapazole (methimazole). Inexpensive and very effective but must be prescribed by a physician. ...Read more

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Will an enlarged thyroid gland make you less feminine?

Will an enlarged thyroid gland make you less feminine?

Enlarged thyroid: No it does not make you look less feminine. It just shows up as a bump in the neck and is as big as the mass is. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had kidney stones and I believe a slightly enlarged thyroid gland. What if anything should I do?

I have had kidney stones and I believe a slightly enlarged thyroid gland. What if anything should I do?

? parathyroid gland: The parathyroid glands which are located inside the thyroid could be hyperacitve which can cause kidney stones, You should ask you doc if this is the case. A Calcium level and PTH hormone will be elevated in this condition called hyperparathyroidism ...Read more

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Would having thyroid nodules and an enlarged thyroid gland cause me extreme tiredness, I have not got an over or under active thyroid?

Would having thyroid nodules and an enlarged thyroid gland cause me extreme tiredness, I have not got an over or under active thyroid?

Look for another cau: If your thyroid is functioning normally (not under active) then the cause of your tiredness is not thyroid related. There are many other causes that only your doctor can define/address by examining you and testing your lab. Make sure that you are not anemic (check cbc) and your emotional health is normal and that you are sleeping well. Anyone of these can be cause for day time fatigue and need attent. ...Read more

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I have a normal TSH and heterogeneous echotexture. Enlarged thyroid gland which I was told not to worry nothings wrong with my thyroid. Any advice?

Goiter: Hterogenous thyroid can be due to simple goiter and may be associated with hyperthyriodism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodule, thyroditis and thyroid cancer if you were told not to worry by your endocrinologist means they have ruled out treatable conditions. ...Read more

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Tsh 0.313 told I have hyperthyroidism, enlarged thyroid gland. Losing weight, heart palp, & trouble sleeping. What are my chances of Graves' disease.

Tsh 0.313 told I have hyperthyroidism, enlarged thyroid gland. Losing weight, heart palp, & trouble sleeping. What are my chances of Graves' disease.

Hyperthyroidism: There are several causes of hyperthyroidism, the most common of which are Graves disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Given the secondary impacts on other organs, the diagnosis needs to be clarified and determined as early as possible so treatment can begin. Both of these causes could be associated with the symptoms you describe. Get your further testing done and get treatment going. ...Read more

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For thyroid gland is boarderline enlarged. Right has single nodule likely adenoma. What does this mean?

For thyroid gland is boarderline enlarged. Right has single nodule likely adenoma. What does this mean?

Probably benign: Many thyroid glands are enlarged, and borderline means just slightly above normal size. The only way to tell if a thyroid nodule is benign or cancerous is with a biopsy. While some other tests may suggest it is benign the biopsy is the best way to tell. ...Read more

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What does grossly homogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does grossly homogeneous thyroid gland mean?

No nodules: No lumps or bumps. Sort of filler-language to reassure. Most thyroids are grossly homogeneous. ...Read more

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What does heterogeneity of the thyroid gland mean?

Thyroiditis?: This is the description of the appearance of the thyroid on ultrasound and is most often seen in thyroiditis or inflammation of the thyroid. The exact cause requires that your doctor compare this to your history, exam and lab work. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland?

Could be OK: Depends on how swollen and the cause. It could be from thyroiditis. It could be upper limits of normal. Did your doctor test your thyroid function? ...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


Dr. Julie Abbott
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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