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Does lithium cause goiter?

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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Lithium use is most commonly associated with a thyroid goiter with normal thyroid hormone levels.
More rarely, hyperthyroidism may occur.

In brief: It can

Lithium use is most commonly associated with a thyroid goiter with normal thyroid hormone levels.
More rarely, hyperthyroidism may occur.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, it can

Yes, lithium can cause goiter.
Prevalence of this is about 20% in patients living in areas with enough iodine in the soil, to 87% in iodine-deficient areas or who are on long-term lithium therapy. Goiter can develop within weeks of starting lithium, but more often it takes months or several years. A smaller percentage of this group actually becomes hypothyroid. In most cases it's subclinical.

In brief: Yes, it can

Yes, lithium can cause goiter.
Prevalence of this is about 20% in patients living in areas with enough iodine in the soil, to 87% in iodine-deficient areas or who are on long-term lithium therapy. Goiter can develop within weeks of starting lithium, but more often it takes months or several years. A smaller percentage of this group actually becomes hypothyroid. In most cases it's subclinical.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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