Last updated: 08-30-2011
Benign Thyroid Disease
The most common forms of benign thyroid disease are:
- Goiter - A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. It is not cancer. Goiters may need to be removed if they cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or breathing. Learn more about goiters from our Health Encyclopedia.
- Grave's disease - Grave's disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Some patients with Grave's disease require removal of the thyroid to control hyperthyroidism. Learn more about Grave's disease from our Health Encyclopedia.
- Thyroid nodules - Thyroid nodules are groups of cells that grow in the thyroid. Nodules can either be benign or malignant. Most thyroid nodules are benign. Benign nodules do not spread beyond the thyroid. They may need to be removed if they cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or breathing. Learn more about thyroid nodules.
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