Goiter

Picture of a normal-sized thyroid and a goiter

Goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. It can be caused by many things, including nodules, inflammation, and Graves' disease. Often goiter can be easily seen as a lump in the front of the neck, slightly to the left and/or right of center. It may move up and down when a person swallows.

The inset pictures above show a normal-sized thyroid and an enlarged thyroid, or goiter.

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

Medical Review: Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine & David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology & Metabolism

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