Are there alternatives to surgery for Multinodular goiters?

Brett Miles, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Multinodular goiters may be observed provided they meet certain criteria (i.e. have been evaluated to rule out malignancy, do not compress critical structures, are not causing symptoms, etc.). There are no medical therapies that can reliably cause regression or shrinkage of a thyroid goiter however and if the goiter becomes significantly large or symptomatic, surgical removal is the preferred treatment.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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