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How does goiter affect the body?

A goiter does not affect the body much itself, outside of causing difficulty swallowing or breathing due to swelling in your neck. Rather, a goiter is likely a symptom of another condition that is affecting your body. Goiters can signify that your thyroid is producing too much or not enough of the hormones T-3 (triiodothyronine) and thyroxine. Your thyroid controls many of your bodily functions, and a thyroid that is overworking or underworking can result in unexpected weight loss or gain, changes in heart rate and rhythm, changes in appetite or sleep habits, and fatigue. Your doctor may determine that your goiter is not causing problems, but you should discuss these potential complications.

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