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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