Thyroid Disease & Nodules
SymptomsThyroid nodules may or may not cause symptoms. Large nodules that put pressure on neck structures can cause breathing problems, voice changes, pain, swallowing difficulties, or goiter. Thyroid nodules can also cause symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Am I at Risk
Thyroid nodules occur more frequently in women than in men. The risk of developing a thyroid nodule increases with age. Other risk factors include:
• A family history of thyroid cancer
• Prior radiation treatment or radiation exposure to the head and neck
• Iodine deficiency. This is more common in parts of the world where diets are low in salt.
• Thyroid hormone suppression
• Hashimoto’s disease, a type of thyroid disease
ComplicationsThyroid nodules can affect the way the thyroid gland functions and lead to hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
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