Nature: Multinodal goitres usually develop from simple goitres. The enlarging goitre can cause compression of neck structures such as trachea or oesophagus. Malignancy is low: 3-5% of cases. Such goitres may be associated with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Incidence: Most commonly affects middle aged women and can occur sporadically or endemically.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Subject(s): Glandular system
Date of last update 29.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST