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How does nontoxic goiter affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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. Sometimes, goiter that begins as nontoxic can become toxic and cause your thyroid to produce more hormones than your body needs. Your thyroid controls many of your bodily functions, and a thyroid that is overworking or underworking can result in unexpected weight loss or gain, arrhythmias, 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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