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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?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Goiter

It could be associated with either-- or no thyroid dysfunction.
Usually caused by inflammation due to auto-immune antibody reaction. It does not have to imply dysfunction.

In brief: Goiter

It could be associated with either-- or no thyroid dysfunction.
Usually caused by inflammation due to auto-immune antibody reaction. It does not have to imply dysfunction.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neither

Goiter just means big thyroid.
It can be over or under active or can have normal function.

In brief: Neither

Goiter just means big thyroid.
It can be over or under active or can have normal function.
Dr. Melissa Young
Dr. Melissa Young
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