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Goitre

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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about Goitre including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of goitre
The main symptom of a goitre is swelling of the thyroid gland (a gland in the neck that produces hormones) which causes a lump to develop in the throat.
Causes of goitre
In some cases, no definite cause for goitres can be identified. However, there are a number of different possible causes that are outlined below.
Diagnosing goitre
If you have a goitre, your GP will carry out a physical examination of your neck, and may run a blood tests to check your thyroid gland function.
Treating goitre
Treatment for goitre can include medication, surgery, or a watch-and-wait approach. The best treatment depends on the type of goitre you have, the cause, and other factors.