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Retrosternal Goiters

The thyroid gland is the largest endocrine gland in the body and is situated at the front of your neck. It produces hormones to control many vital functions of the body. Retrosternal goiter is a condition in which the thyroid gland enlarges and is abnormally located in the chest region. The condition is asymptomatic for years and may be identified by a chest X-ray ordered for another problem. However, the main symptoms are a mass sticking out of the neck and the feeling of pressure on neighboring structures like the wind pipe (trachea) and food pipe (esophagus). Retrosternal goiter can be diagnosed by the following tests:

  • Ultrasound, CT and MRI scans
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Blood calcium test
  • Lung function test (to check for blockages in the airway)

Retrosternal goiter is usually treated with a total thyroidectomy. In this surgery, the goiter is completely removed through an incision in the neck.

NMC HeartCare provides specialized and experienced Cardiothoracic surgeons and the best available quality treatments. For further information regarding Retrosternal Goiter, please contact NMC HeartCare.

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