1. Can anyone explain why a goiter can occur in hyper and hypothyroidism?? it would be greatly appreciated!!
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  3. by   Daytonite
    I think you have to look at the definition of goiter. It is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. It can enlarge for many different reasons and the enlargement can be a symptom of that particular disease or condition.
  4. by   cursedandblessed
    lets see if this helps (i'm studying this anyway today):

    from 5 minute clinical consult disease:


    patho: thyroid gland can't produce enough thyroid hormone to meet metabolic requirements
    thyroid gland enlarges to compensate for inadequate hormone synthesis

    causes: inadequate intake of iodine; ingestion of large amounts of goitrogenic foods (rutabagas, cabbage, soybeans, peaches, peanuts, peas, strawberries, spinach, radishes; use of goitrogenic drugs: propylthiouracil, methimazole, iodides, and lithium; inherited defects; thyroid-growth stimulating immunoglobulins.

    hope that helps somewhat.