Symptoms of Goitre

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The symptoms are associated with the thyroid not working properly and causing hypothyroidism, overworking and causing hyperthyroidism, or discomfort caused by the size of the goitre.  

In many cases, patients have no symptoms because the thyroid functions normally (euthyroidism) and does not cause problems. The diagnosis is made by chance during an ultrasound or imaging test for another reason.  

The most common symptoms are: 

Woman with pain, cervical oppression

Cervical tightness. 

Strange body feel in neck

The sensation of a foreign body in the neck. 


The sensation of pressure in the neck or ears during sleep or when lying down. 

Dysphagia, difficulty to swallow

Discomfort when swallowing (dysphagia), especially solid food, difficulty in ingesting food. 

Woman with a feeling of occupancy or difficulty breathing


Woman coughing or coughing

Persistent morning cough. 

Woman with a feeling of occupancy or difficulty breathing

Shortness of breath (dyspnoea) and/or respiratory stridor.  Dyspnoea may occur in large goitres that significantly narrow the tracheal lumen.  

Woman with a snore

Hoarseness, although more uncommon, is caused by recurrent laryngeal nerve involvement or pain from nodular haemorrhage.  

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Substantiated information by:

Felicia Alexandra Hanzu
Mireia Mora Porta

Published: 2 June 2021
Updated: 2 June 2021

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