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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?

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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During my traveling by plane i got incredibly sharp piercing pain in my goiter. Do you know what might have caused that?

During my traveling by plane i got incredibly sharp piercing pain in my goiter. Do you know what might have caused that?

Goiter or neck?: Unless you are a physician, you probably can't tell if the pain is related to your thyroid, or to other structures in your neck. Thyroid pain is rare but can be caused by a viral infection, an acute bleeding episode into a preexisting nodule, or due to trauma. I would not think that traveling by plane would have anything to do with it. ...Read more

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What causes goiter? How to cure one? Im so worried about my sister that have goiter. Will she be okay? Its not big yet and its still a little bump

Thyroidologist: A goiter may be due to lack of iodine in the diet or due to a thyroid that is overactive or underactive or due to nodular growths. Rarely is one due to overeating certain foods( like cabbage, soybeans, spinach).Treatment depends on what type of goiter is present and many goiters require no treatment. It's best to have a thyroid specialist evaluate and follow the goiter. ...Read more

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Could goiter cause half deaf? If not, what could cause it?

Not usually: Sensorineural deafness and underactive thyroid (including goiter) may be associated with a genetic disorder called, pendred syndrome. Goiter by itself doesn't affect hearing. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause nontoxic goiter?

What can cause  nontoxic 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. Toxic goiters produce excess thyroxine. ...Read more

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Can an enlarged goiter cause a weak voice?

Maybe: I'd be more concerned that a lump on the thyroid and a weak voice could mean thyroid cancer. An ENT head and neck surgeon can evaluate the thyroid and check your voice box to see what's going on. A large goiter might affect the voice by pushing on the airway, but the chief symptom would be shortness of breath. ...Read more

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One dr said i may have goiter, 2 others say i dont confused. Do slight goiters a cause cough ect. Or do only well pronounced goiter cause symotoms?

One dr said i may have goiter, 2 others say i dont confused. Do slight goiters a cause cough ect. Or do only well pronounced goiter cause symotoms?

Goiter or not?: Goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland, which rests at the base of the Adam's apple. Outside the US the most common cause of goiter is iodine insufficiency. In the US, the most common causes are hypo/hyperthyroidism. typically only large goiters cause cough. However, it's very important that the cause of your suspected goiter, even if small, be worked up. C ur doc 2 b sure this gets done! ...Read more

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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