Goiter

 

 

A Goiter simply means an enlarged thyroid gland.

 

The most common cause of a goiter in the US is Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

 

Other common causes of a goiter in the US include:

 

Graves' disease.

 

 Multinodular goiter

 

 

 

In other parts of the world, iodine deficiency is a major cause for the development of a goiter.

 

Rarely, a goiter may be harboring thyroid cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

 

Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.

 

 

 

 

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