The Effect Of Goiter On The Vocal Cords?
,, my mother has a goiter, my mother is planning an appointment. I want to ask if my mother’s voice can be lost because what I saw was that the goiter was almost in the middle of the neck ..
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Goiter is a condition in which there is swelling of the thyroid gland located in the middle of the neck. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ, which produces thyroid hormones. This hormone later plays a role in various things, such as regulating heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, menstrual cycle and so on.
There are many factors that contribute to the development of goiter. Among others are:
Inhaling cigarette smoke, both active and passive
Hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy and menopause
Lack of iodine
Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism conditions
Viral, bacterial infections
Exposure to radiation
Tumors and cancer
Regarding your question, for convenience please see the image below.
In this picture, it looks like what we said earlier that the so-called thyroid gland or thyroid gland is normally located in the middle of the neck, and below the vocal cords or voicebox (Larynx). The proximity of this location can indeed make sufferers also experience hoarseness in their voice. However, regarding whether your mother's voice is lost or not, it really depends on the severity of the goiter.
If it is very large, and has previously interfered with breathing, causing difficulty swallowing and it has hit the nerves, changes in voice are a complication that can occur. For this reason, the one who can best answer your question is the doctor who examined your mother, whether from the results of examinations such as ultrasound or thyroid scan, the potential exists or not. But apart from that, usually surgery is also a last resort, when conditions are very dangerous or previous methods have not worked. So even if there is a possibility of loss of voice, your doctor may still perform this procedure if it has to be compared with a more severe risk such as death. So, hopefully it answers your question.