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    Understanding Goiter -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Goiter?

    The symptoms of a goiter include:

    • Swelling at the front side of the base of the neck, ranging from a small lump to a general enlargement.
    • If you have hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), symptoms may also include weight loss despite an increased appetite, an increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, nervousness, diarrhea, muscle weakness, and hand tremors.
    • If you have hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), your symptoms may include lethargy, slowed physical and mental functions, depression, a lower heart rate, an intolerance to cold, constipation, easy weight gain, and tingling or numbness in your hands.

    Understanding Goiter

    Find out more about goiter:

    Basics

    Symptoms

    Treatment

    Call Your Doctor About a Goiter if:

    You should call the doctor if you have a large goiter and experience dizziness, hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing. The goiter may be pressing on your jugular vein, windpipe, esophagus, or the nerve that runs to your larynx. The growth requires treatment and may need to be surgically removed.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 09, 2015

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