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Thyroid Goiter Costa Rica

Most small to moderate sized goiters can be treated by providing thyroid hormone in the form of a pill.

This technique often will not cause the size of the goiter to decrease but will usually keep it from growing any larger. Patients who do not respond to thyroid hormone therapy are often referred for thyroid goiter surgery if it continues to grow.

A more common indication for surgical removal of an enlarged thyroid [goiter] is to remove those glands which are enlarged enough to cause compression on other structures in the neck such as the trachea and esophagus. These patients will typically complain of a cough, a slight change in voice, or nighttime choking episodes because of the way that the gland compresses the trachea while sleeping.

Another reason (although not a very common one) to remove a goiter is for cosmetic reasons. Often a goiter gets large enough that it can be seen as a mass in the neck. When other people begin to notice the mass, it is usually big enough to begin causing compression of other vital neck structures...but not always. Sometimes the large goiter causes no symptoms other than being a cosmetic problem. Realizing of course, if its big enough to be seen by your neighbors, something needs to be done...medications or surgery or it will most likely continue to get bigger.