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The thyroid glands are located under both sides of the neck below the Adam’s apple, and are normally around 3 cm to 4 cm long. Once the thyroid glands grow up to 5 cm to 6 cm, the neck will swell and protrude, which can be felt by hand. As the growth of the thyroid glands will come into contact with the collarbones, this causes the entrance of the neck to constrict. Once the growth tissues become larger, they may even place pressure on the trachea and affect breathing. Patients may also experience symptoms of hyperthyroidism such as heart palpitations, tremor in the hands, bad temper and weight loss if the goiter is associated with hyperthyroidism.

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