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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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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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Goiter (Definition)

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