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Thyroid Goiter

One of the largest endocrine glands in your body is your thyroid. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies at the base of your neck. It is located right below your Adam's apple.

Your thyroid gland carries out some important functions in your body. Your thyroid gland controls how quickly your body makes proteins and uses energy. Your thyroid determines how sensitive your body should be to other proteins, and it makes hormones that manage your blood pressure, body temperature, weight and heart rate.

What is a Thyroid Goiter?

Your thyroid gland may become larger than normal. This is usually caused by a goiter. A thyroid goiter is a lump or swelling that may be filled with liquid, or it may be a solid cyst or mass.

A thyroid goiter is known by several names. Your doctor may call it a thyroid lump, thyroid nodule, enlargement of the thyroid or an enlarged thyroid.

A thyroid goiter is a common condition in the United States. A thyroid goiter is estimated to develop in 1 to 12 to 15 women and 1 in 50 men. Thankfully, the vast majority of thyroid goiters are benign (non cancerous). In fact, this is true of more than 90% of all thyroid goiters. Only 5% of all thyroid goiters are cancerous (malignant).

Your thyroid gland produces two primary hormones. They are thyroxine and triiodothyronine (T-3). Even when you have a thyroid goiter, it does not necessarily mean that your thyroid is not making the correct amount of these hormones. However, when you have a thyroid goiter, your thyroid gland may produce too little or too much of these two primary hormones.

Possible Reasons for a Thyroid Goiter

There are several things that can lead to you having a thyroid goiter. Some of these are:

Thyroid Goiter Risk Factors

There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of getting a thyroid goiter. Some of these include:

Signs you might have a Thyroid Goiter

A thyroid goiter may not cause you any signs or symptoms at all. However, if you do experience signs and symptoms, they may include:

Have a Thyroid Goiter and were denied disability benefits?

You may have become incapacitated and unable to work because of whatever the underlying condition is that has caused your thyroid goiter and/or complications that have been caused by this underlying condition. As a result of this, you may have tried to get financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by filing for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits.

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