Symptoms of goitre 

The main symptom of a goitre is swelling of the thyroid gland, which causes a lump to develop in the front of the neck.

The lump will move up and down when you swallow.

Types of goitre

There are two main types of goitre:

  • diffuse goitre  where the entire thyroid gland swells and feels smooth to the touch
  • nodular goitre  where solid or fluid-filled lumps called nodules develop within the thyroid and make the thyroid gland feel lumpy to touch; the nodules can be single or multiple

Other symptoms

Other associated symptoms can include:

  • coughing 
  • a tight feeling in your throat
  • changes to your voice, such as hoarseness

Less commonly, you may also have: 

  • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • difficulty breathing  there may be a high-pitched sound when you breathe (stridor)

Page last reviewed: 07/05/2014

Next review due: 07/05/2016