Thyroid Goiter Basics

What They Look Like and How to Treat Them

This slideshow covers the basics of thyroid goiters—an enlargement of the thyroid gland. Some goiters can become so large that you can easily see them when you turn to the side. But are they typically benign? And who gets goiters, and how do you treat them?

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Thyroid Goiter Symptoms

Thyroid Goiter Symptoms


How to Tell If You Have a Thyroid Goiter

A thyroid goiter is simply an enlarged thyroid. The most common and recognizable sign of a goiter is a lump in your neck (it’s usually benign). If it’s large enough, you can see the lump from the side. The goiter may also feel tender to the touch, and you may find it hard to swallow. But some goiters aren’t that large and don’t cause symptoms.
 

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