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Goitre (enlarged thyroid gland)

A goitre is a swelling in your neck caused by an enlarged thyroid gland. Your thyroid gland is at the front of your neck. A goitre may make the whole of your thyroid gland swollen, or just a part of it.

People with a goitre can make too much or too little thyroid hormone, though often their thyroid hormone levels are normal. Many different things can cause a goitre. If you have a swelling in your neck, make sure you see a doctor.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created August 2015.

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