Goitre - Symptoms of goitre
NHS Choices Medical Reference
The main symptom of a goitre is swelling of the thyroid gland (a gland in the neck that produces hormones), which causes a lump to develop in the throat.
The lump will move up and down when you swallow.
Types of goitre
There are two different types of goitre:
diffuse small goitre, where your entire thyroid gland swells to a larger size and feels smooth to the touch
nodular goitre, where certain sections, or "nodules", of your thyroid gland swell and feel lumpy to the touch Other symptoms
Other associated symptoms can include:
a tight feeling in your throat
changes to your voice, such as hoarseness
less commonly, difficulty
swallowing (dysphagia) or difficulty breathing, such as a high-pitched sound when you breathe (stridor)
Hormones are groups of powerful chemicals that are produced by the body and have a wide range of effects.
A nodule is a small growth or lump of tissue.
The thyroid gland is found in the neck. It produces hormones that are released into the bloodstream to control the body's growth and
metabolism (the process that turns food into energy).
May 21, 2012
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