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What does goiter look like?

What does goiter look like?

Nick mass: A goiter typically involves enlargement of the thyroid which can be manifest as an enlargement in the front part of the neck. ...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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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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Is goiter hereditary?

Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more

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How is goiter managed?

Variable: Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid. Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues. ...Read more

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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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What exactly is a goiter?

Enlarged thyroid: "goiter" is a term for an enlarged thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Does lithium cause goiter?

It can: Lithium use is most commonly associated with a thyroid goiter with normal thyroid hormone levels. More rarely, hyperthyroidism may occur. ...Read more

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Can a goiter pinch a nerve?

Can a goiter pinch a nerve?

Which nerve?: Rarely, a goiter can affect the recurrent laryngeal nerve that goes to the voice box, and cause hoarseness. ...Read more

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Symptoms of having a goiter?

Symptoms of having a goiter?

Goiter: Goiter is referred to enlarged thyroid gland. Visible enlargement may be the only symptom of it. Depending on the nature of the problem, there will be various symptoms present. Benign goiters may have minimal symptoms if small, while malignant or large benign ones may interfere with swallowing and / or breathing to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the signs of goiter?

Goiter: Swelling of the thyroid gland shows enlarged swollen neck (diffuse or nodular) with weight loss despite increased appetite, and heat intolerance. Common causes are iodine deficiency & selenium deficiency & also autoimmune thyroid diseases. Of interest, as I read a while back, president george bush & his wife barbara bush, both had goiter. ...Read more

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What causes a goiter to grow?

Genetics and diet: Goiters are more common when the diet is poor in iodine. Vegetarians have to be careful because cruciferous vegetables like broccolli sometimes increases the risk of goiter. Goiter can run in the family as well. ...Read more

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What is the symtoms of goiter?

What is the symtoms of goiter?

Big thyroid: A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. Sometimes they cause no symptoms. If the goiter is large enough, it can cause a visible lump in your throat; it can compress your airway and make it difficult to breathe, particularly when lying flat. It can cause difficulty swallowing, and even voice hoarseness. ...Read more

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Food cannot eat f u had goiter?

Food cannot eat f u had goiter?

Mostly bromine: Some worry about raw cruciferous veggies like broccoli ; cauliflower -- but you can avoid the problem by cooking them. The main culprit is brominated compounds, found in some soft drinks like mountain dew, gatorade, sun drop, squirt, fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas; pesticides on strawberries, etc; bakery goods ; flours containing potassium bromate http://tinyurl. Com/y9lfc3w read labels! ...Read more

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When must a goiter be treated?

When must a goiter be treated?

If symptomatic: If the levels of thyroid hormone are normal, a goiter only needs to be treated if its size is causing problems by pressing on other structures such as the trachea. ...Read more

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What conditions can cause goiter?

What conditions can cause goiter?

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. Excess TSH and unregulated growth cause goiters. ...Read more

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What is the best med. For goiter?

Depends: If it's due to iodine deficiency (uncommon in most countries) it's iodine. If it's due to hypothyroidism, you need thyroid hormone replacement. If it's due to hyperthyroidism you need treatment with radioiodine or antithyroid drugs. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What is goiter and what is the cure?

Depends: Hi. "Goiter" simply refers to abnormal thyroid size and/or shape. Goiter can be diffuse, lumpy, multinodular, or solitary nodular. Thyroid shape/size abnormalities (goiters) can be associated with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, normal thyroid function, benign tumors, and thyroid cancer. "Cure" of goiter depends on underlying cause. I would recommend you see an endocrinologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What makes a person prone to goiter?

What makes a person prone to goiter?

IODINE DEFICIENCY AN: Iodine deficiency
Too much thyroid hormone produced like in Graves Disease
Autoimmune Thyroditis like Hashimoto Disease
Thyroid Cancer causes swelling on one side of thyroid
Most common cause of Goiter all over the world is IODINE DEFICIENCY ...Read more

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What is the cause of goiter of women?

What is the cause of goiter of women?

Many causes.: Overactive (grave's disease) or underactive thyroid, usually secondary to hashimoto's thyroiditis will cause a goiter. In graves', thyroid stimulating antibodies stimulate TSH receptors. In hypothyroidism, the pituitary gland producces more tsh, trying to keep up, but enlarging thyroid tissue at the same time. Benign multinodular goiters, and even solitary nodules can do this. Women more so! ...Read more

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Why is goiter rarely in this country?

Iodized salt: Iodine supplementation, mainly through iodized salt, has eradicated iodine-deficiency, or endemic, goiter in the United States. Furthermore, certain foods (cassava and millet) eaten more commonly in some developing countries contain substances that promote the formation of goiter when iodine intake is marginal. ...Read more

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What is the right position of goiter?

Don't understand: I'm sorry, you need to send in another question. Yours doesn't make any sense. ...Read more

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What food I'm gonna eat if have goiter?

Iodine: The most common cause of goiter world wide is from Iodine deficiency. Foods rich in iodine include sea vegetables, cranberries, yogurt, strawberries and potatoes. There are other reasons for goiter, so be sure see your physician to ensure it truly is from iodine deficiency. ...Read more

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Does goiter recur? What does that mean?

Usually not: Hi. Usually once you have a goiter, it's there to stay. However, if the goiter is due to Graves' disease and you get treated with radioactive iodine, that'll using shrink the goiter. Hashimoto's goiters and non-toxic nodular goiters usually stay as-is. Nodular goiters need to be considered for possibility of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a goiter in men?

Neck swelling/swallo: Swelling of neck and if it is very big it may cause difficulty in swallowing and if it is toxic goiter it may give bulging eyeballs, tremors, weight loss, rapid heart beat and palpitation, heat intolerance.
Ang if it is associated with hypothyroidism it will cause sluggishness, weight gain, cold intolerance, dry skin and depression. ...Read more

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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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What is goiter and what causes it to grow?

Thyroid enlargement: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid. Most cases are not cancer (but a doc needs to examine you and probably do an ultrasound). The most common cause in the usa is living in an area that has soil that is deficient in iodine. Many goiters seem to run in families. At least 5% of all women have some nodules in their thyroid and this goes up to nearly half if screened with ultrasound. ...Read more