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How is goiter managed?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid.
Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues.

In brief: Variable

Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid.
Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics

In brief: Goiter

Trying to discern cause.
Lab tests including function, antibodies, tumor markers. Scans like ultrasound or radio iodine uptake.

In brief: Goiter

Trying to discern cause.
Lab tests including function, antibodies, tumor markers. Scans like ultrasound or radio iodine uptake.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Depends

If there are nodules that are suspicious for cancer, surgery will be indicated to provide final diagnosis and definitive treatment.
If not, you may be able to manage this with medication. Your healthcare provider should talk to you about the options including whether you should also consult with an endocrinologist.

In brief: Depends

If there are nodules that are suspicious for cancer, surgery will be indicated to provide final diagnosis and definitive treatment.
If not, you may be able to manage this with medication. Your healthcare provider should talk to you about the options including whether you should also consult with an endocrinologist.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
Dr. Ronda Alexander
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