A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of your thyroid gland which is in the front of your neck, below the Adam’s apple. Usually goiters do not cause pain, but large ones can make you cough and make it hard for you to swallow and breathe.
In most cases, goiters are caused by insufficient intake of iodine in the diet. The disease can also occur due to an overactive or underactive thyroid gland, or nodules that develop in the gland itself.
Not all goiters cause signs and symptoms, especially when they are small. When symptoms and signs do develop, they could include:
A tight feeling in your throat
A visible swelling at the base of your neck (one or more enlarged thyroid glands)
Keywords: thyroid goiter; thyroid goiter symptoms