How to Distinguish between Hyperthyroidism and Simple Goiter

When the hyperthyroidism’s other symptoms are not obvious, it is very easy to be confused with the simple goiter, so they should be carefully identified.

  1. Different symptoms

How to Distinguish between Hyperthyroidism and Simple GoiterHyperthyroidism may has different types, so its clinical symptoms are more complex. Clinically, it is often identified by goiter, exophthalmos and metabolic increases, accompanied by abnormal sympathetic excitement. Hyper function of body’s function may appear, such as skin moisture, easily hungry polyphagia and weight loss, increase of heart rate, palpitation, gastrointestinal peristalsis increase fast, diarrhea, active, multilingual, fingers trembled slightly, and accompanied by fatigue, weakness and insomnia, thyroid is enlargement obviously was diffuse proliferation, soft and elastic, and most patients appear the exophthalmos, often accompanied by decreased visual acuity, photophobia, tears or contracture.

Simple goiter has no symptoms in the early stage of simple goiter, but the thyroid is gradually increasing, and the lesion may cause the symptoms of oppression, such as tracheal pressure, dyspnea or dysphagia, hoarseness. Vessels of face and neck are compression, it may cause edema, dizziness or fainting, also coma in serious cases.

  1. Different age groups

Hyperthyroidism often occurs in the age of 20-40, without any gender restrictions.

Simple goiter may occurs in any age, but young women in age of 15-30 is the most common group.


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