Goitre, 15th century artwork

Goitre, 15th century artwork

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Credit: DR ROB STEPNEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Goitre. 15th century artwork of a man with an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre). 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. Photographed in St John the Baptist church, Ribcev Laz, Slovenia.

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