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Thyroid Diseases

Testing for a Goiter

02/06/2006

Question:

Is a doctor feeling your neck for an enlarged thyroid thorough enough to tell if you have a goiter? I've had 2 doctors tell me that I don't, but have a family history and would like to be sure I shouldn't do further testing, such as an ultrasound. Thank you.

Answer:

Yes, having a doctor feel your neck is a sufficient test for finding a goiter.  You do not need an ultrasound.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University