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Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?

Can a goiter grow on only one side of the neck?

Yes: Goiter is simply the term for an enlarged thyroid. Usually it is bilateral (both sides) but you can have marked difference from one side or the other. One sided masses of the thyroid are more concerning for a thyroid cancer, and so should be evaluated at least with an ultrasound, and perhaps with a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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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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My TPO is 12, my TGab is 1.2, I have a goiter and a nodule on one side with a cyst on the other. I have many hypo symptoms. I was told the chance of me having Hashi's was pretty high, is this true?

My TPO is 12, my TGab is 1.2, I have a goiter and a nodule on one side with a cyst on the other. I have many hypo symptoms. I was told the chance of me having Hashi's was pretty high, is this true?

Thyroid tests: your tests are results of antibodies against thyroid peroxidase and thyrogolbulin. If you are hypo (low) thyroid with these positive tests, a DX of Hashi is high. If you are euthyroid (normal tsh, normal T4) it suggests DX of autoimmune thyroid disease. Please be sure you follow up with your endocrinologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

I have a 2cm complex cyctic multinodule goiter on my right thyroid and a 4 CM one on my left side no calcifications what are the chances its cancer ?

Cancer risk: Each nodule has a 5% chance of cancer. Your nodules are large and should be evaluated (biopsy). Keep in mind that the bigger the nodule, the higher the risk that the biopsy will come back negative (benign) although the cancer is still there (false negative). You are very young and if the nodules are causing some compressive symptoms now, surgery might be a good option for you. ...Read more

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I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side. 1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied? No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer, an

I have had an MRI, Thyroid Ultrasound and now a CT w/ &w/o contrast. Determination, multinodular goiter. 2 complex one on each side.  1.6cm and 1.3cm..Am I correct in thinking these need to be biopsied?  No thyroid cancer in family, but throat cancer,  an

If these are: discrete nodules, next step is fine needle aspiration. Depending on the size of the thyroid gland and other studies, you might need to undergo thyroidectomy. Consult with your endocrinologist for specific advice. Chances of these being cancer is probably low. ...Read more

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Which one is zymotic, goiter or mumps?

Both: Zymotic is an old term used for conditions that are endemic or epidemic. Goiter is a condition of the thyroid that occurs usually from low iodine and could be endemic to an area. Mumps is a viral infection and while due to immunizations is not frequently found but in the past could become epidemic. You would have to be more specific for a better answer. ...Read more

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What are some after effects of a right side goiter removal?

What are some after effects of a right side goiter removal?

Thyroid surgery: Usually there is a small neck incision-other techniques are possible. So, post-op short term there is neck pain, swelling, and an incision to care for. You may have some numbness in the skin around the incision and restricted neck motion due to discomfort. There is risk to the recurrent laryngeal nerve from surgery which could cause temporary or permanent hoarseness. Usually, relatively safe op. ...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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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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I have multinodular goiters only one has changed enlarged x2 within 6 months. Fnb neg. Also have hashimotoes some minor compression.Surgery or watch?

I have multinodular goiters only one has changed enlarged x2 within 6 months. Fnb neg. Also have hashimotoes  some minor compression.Surgery or watch?

On right course: Your are already on right path, your doctor is following you in a correct way, your chances of being malignant is slight, your doctor already did fna biopsy to make sure it it is not malignant , you have no air way obstruction, no rush to go for surgery , right now. ...Read more

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Dear sirs!i have had a goiter for years and now since last year one complex nodule been growing 2 cm. Biopsy not suff. Cells may 2012 -new biopsy?

Repeat: If the nodule grew 2cm since your last ultrasound, then i would surgically remove that part if your thyroid. If, however, your thyroid nodule grew and is now 1 cm in size, then i would repeat the biopsy one more time. If this is still insufficient, then i would proceed to surgery. ...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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Can a small right sided goiter cause right sided ear pain?

Can a small right sided goiter cause right sided ear pain?

Goiter: Goiter, a enlargement of the thyroid causes swallowing problems and (rarely) breathing problems. I think your ear pain is from something else. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can thyroid hormones be slightly low one day and normal the next and if so what does this indicate with goiter?

Can thyroid hormones be slightly low one day and normal the next and if so what does this indicate with goiter?

Thyroid: There is some variability about lab data. and slightly low and normal are both OK. What do you know about the goiter? Is it large? Has it been biopsied? Let me know if you can. ...Read more

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Nontoxic multinodular (2) goiter; one is 7x6x8 mm solid without: irregular border, calcifications, or blood flow. Risks?

Nontoxic multinodular (2) goiter; one is 7x6x8 mm solid without: irregular border, calcifications, or blood flow. Risks?

Nodules: More than one nodule generally suggests benign nodules, but i think an evaluation by a thyroidologist is the best approach to the diagnosis and follow-up of thyroid nodules. ...Read more