Preparing for your appointment

If you've been diagnosed with a goiter, you're likely to have further tests to determine the cause. You might find it helpful to make a list of questions to ask your doctor, such as:

  • What caused this goiter to develop?
  • Is it serious?
  • What can be done to treat the underlying cause?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • What are the alternatives to the main treatment that you're proposing?
  • What will happen if I choose to do nothing?
  • Will the goiter continue to get larger?
  • Will the treatment you're suggesting improve the appearance of the goiter?
  • Will I have to take medication? For how long?
Nov. 09, 2016
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