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    Goiter

    Inside views of a normal thyroid gland and an enlarged thyroid gland (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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology

    Current as ofMay 20, 2016

    Current as of: May 20, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology

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