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    Is goiter serious?

    After noticing swelling of neck, I went to the doctor and was told that I have a condition called goiter. He said it was due to iodine deficiency. How serious is this? Once I consume enough iodone will the swelling go away?
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    Dr Nicolas Oddone Baridon MBBS, MS, MD, FRACS is an accomplished and passionate General Surgeon whose main interest is thyroid surgery (endocrine surgeon). He has … View Profile

    Goitre is a common condition. The gland enlarges as it “struggles” to produce thyroid hormone due to the lack of iodine. Replacing iodine does not resolve the condition. Smaller goitres with no symptoms can be observed. Larger goitres may require surgery, particularly if they affect the airway.
    Goitres can have nodules and these may have the potential to be malignant (cancerous)

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