Goitre, artwork

Goitre, artwork

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Credit: PETER GARDINER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Goitre. Artwork of an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre). The normal size of the gland is shown by the dotted line. The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the neck, responsible for the production or hormones controlling the body's metabolism. This condition is usually due to a deficiency in iodine, which is used to produce the hormones. The release of thyroid stimulating hormone (THS), to speed up hormone production, causes the swelling. A large goitre will cause a person's neck to swell and may cause breathing and swallowing difficulties. Treatment may involve iodine replacement or surgical removal.

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Keywords: artwork, condition, disease, disorder, endocrine, endocrinology, enlarged, goitre, human body, illustration, medical, medicine, neck, people, person, swollen, thyroid gland

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