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Does lithium cause goiter?

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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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 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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Large goiter what could be causing my levels to keep going up and the meds not to work. Could you please give me some examples of what may cause this?

I don't: Know what levels you're referring to and what meds don't work. A goiter is often associated with an underactive thyroid which is easy to treat with appropriate amounts of daily brand name T4 replacement. The goiter will generally not enlarge further after that. An medical exam, other lab and an an ultrasound are indicated at least initially. Check w/your doctor. ...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 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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Please explain what are the causes, symptoms and medication of goiter?

Depends: Footers come when your thyroid is working too hard. If your diet is lacking iodine you can get a goiter. If your body makes antibodies against your own thyroid( like being allergic to yourself ) you can get a goiter to. It is a big like knot in the center of your neck and should not be painful. Usually the medication needed is thyroid supplementation ...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

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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 a goiter on the thyroid caused by?

What is a goiter on the thyroid caused by?

Iodine deficiency,,,: By far, the most common cause of goiter is iodine deficiency, to the extent of 90% of cases. Diseases, like hyper and hypo thyroidism are also causes. ...Read more