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Does having a thyroid goiter affect your child's weight?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: No

An underactive thyroid can have some mild impact on a child's weight until it's treated.
However, a goiter itself does not affect weight.

In brief: No

An underactive thyroid can have some mild impact on a child's weight until it's treated.
However, a goiter itself does not affect weight.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe an increase

A thyroid goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.
If the thyroid is not putting out enough hormone, the body's metabolism will be slower, and the brain will send out TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thryroid gland to make more hormone. If the thyroid gland can't make enough hormone at its normal size, it will enlarge itself and become a goiter. Low thyroid hormone can cause weight gain.

In brief: Maybe an increase

A thyroid goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.
If the thyroid is not putting out enough hormone, the body's metabolism will be slower, and the brain will send out TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to tell the thryroid gland to make more hormone. If the thyroid gland can't make enough hormone at its normal size, it will enlarge itself and become a goiter. Low thyroid hormone can cause weight gain.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics

In brief: Weight

A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.
It indicates an inflammatory process. This can cause decreased function or hypothyroidism. This can then lead to weight gain. Goiter itself does not cause weight gain.

In brief: Weight

A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland.
It indicates an inflammatory process. This can cause decreased function or hypothyroidism. This can then lead to weight gain. Goiter itself does not cause weight gain.
Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Only a few extra pounds that can be fluid retention and will go away as soon as the treatment is in place.

In brief: No

Only a few extra pounds that can be fluid retention and will go away as soon as the treatment is in place.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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