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How big does a thyroid goiter have to to cause difficulty swallowing?

How big does a thyroid goiter have to to cause difficulty swallowing?

It depends: It depends on the individual and their level of pain perception/discomfort. ...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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I have multinodular goiter with more involvement on the right side. Two biggest nodules are 1.5 cm. Could thiscause some difficulty swallowing?

Unlikely: 1.5 cm nodules often are not big enough to cause compressive symptoms. I would look into another diagnosis, like acid reflux. A good ENT visit will be worthwhile. Also make sure that nodules is followed up on. Gold standard is us guided biopsy. ...Read more

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I have multiple nodules like around 20 and a large goiter in my thyroid. Last biopsy was three years ago. Unable to get follow up due to no insurace?

I have multiple nodules like around 20 and a large goiter in my thyroid. Last biopsy was three years ago. Unable to get follow up due to no insurace?

Follow up when u can: I assume the biopsy 3 years ago was benign (negative)? The risk of thyroid cancer is low, with each nodule having an apprx. 5% chance of cancer. Odds are good that u are dealing with a benign process but u should followup as soon as you can get insurance to have this re-evaluated. Look around to see what's available to u. There are clinics that give deep discount for self-pay or free at med school. ...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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What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

What happens if I have a goiter on my thyroid?

Needs to be checked: Goiter is due to enlargement of the Thyroid Gland and can be associated with Hyperthyroidism.Hypothyroidism,Normal Thyroid Functions.Nodular Goiter can sometimes be due to Cancer ...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 a thyroid goiter so can this make you put on weight?

No: It can cause you to put on weight only if it also affects the ability of the thyroid to make hormones. Frequently, a thyroid goiter will have no affect on thyroid's function, in which case, it should not cause weight gain. See your doctor to have your thyroid function tested if you are worried. ...Read more

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Confused with my thyroid. Does a goiter mean you are making too much thyroid, or mean you don't have enough thyroid?

Either: A goiter is a term used to describe the enlargement of the thyroid gland. There are many reasons why a thyroid will be enlarged. Sometimes, the enlargement will cause hyperthyroid (too much), sometimes hypothyroid (not enough) and sometimes it has no effect on the function of the thyroid at all. You need a blood test to know what the enlargement (goiter) is causing. ...Read more

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If a person had their thyroid burnt out at least 30 years ago because of a goiter, wouldn't it be obilterated? What if the person had a u/s done and it showed throid tissue that was abnormal? What would the indications be?

If a person had their thyroid burnt out at least 30 years ago because of a goiter,  wouldn't it be obilterated? What if the person had a u/s done and it showed throid tissue that was abnormal? What would the indications be?

Depends: You said your "thyroid burnt out" so i suspect you had radiation therapy. Such treatment will not "obliterate" your tissue completely so you will have remnants of your thyroid remaining. The current ultrasound might have just picked up those tissues. If you didn't have thyroid cancer 30 years ago and your thyroid level is current ok, you might just follow this and biopsy if it changes in time. ...Read more

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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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