If you think you have a goitre, see your GP. They can examine your neck to see if there's any thyroid gland swelling. They may request blood tests to check if your thyroid gland is working properly.


A goitre is a swelling of the thyroid gland that causes a lump in the front of your neck.


Goitres are usually small and do not cause symptoms. A large goitre may cause coughing, a tight throat, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing.


Treatments for a goitre include medicines, hormone therapy and sometimes surgery. Goitres with no symptoms do not usually need treatment.


Causes for a goitre include problems with your thyroid gland, puberty, the menopause and not enough iodine in your diet.

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