Anatomical thyroid disorders are abnormalities of the thyroid gland. They may affect the thyroid and other parts of the body in different ways. In some cases, they may be minimal and benign enough as to not require specific treatment, however some are serious conditions. Even if the abnormality is not treated, treatment may be required for an underlying hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism condition.
Several classifications of anatomical thyroid disorders include:
-- Endemic goiter
-- Diffuse goiter
-- Multinodular goiter
Symptoms vary between different types of conditions, as well as individual cases. If an anatomical thyroid disorder is suspected, diagnosis may be given by a doctor or medical professional. Once the condition is confirmed, treatment for the disorder may begin.
Depiction of normal thyroid anatomy. [Image is public domain provided by the United States Federal Government]