A goitre (sometimes spelled "goiter") is a swelling of the thyroid gland that causes a lump in the front of the neck. The lump will move up and down when you swallow.
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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