What are the symptoms of multinodular goiter?

Sometimes, goiters are not large enough to cause symptoms. If your goiter grows to a certain size, you may be able to see it protruding from your neck or feel it in your throat. Some goiters can cause you to develop a cough or cause your voice to sound hoarse. You also may experience trouble breathing or swallowing.

Most multinodular goiters do not cause symptoms and are discovered on routine physical exam or during a test being done for another reason. Patients with a toxic multinodular goiter may have signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
If the goiter is large enough, patients may have compressive symptoms that can include difficulty breathing (especially when lying flat), food or pills getting "stuck" in the throat, choking sensation, or a fullness in the neck. These symptoms most commonly happen if the goiter is growing down into the chest, called a substernal goiter. If the goiter is large enough, it may be visible.

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