Retrosternal Thyroid Surgery
 
 

Retrosternal Thyroid Surgery

A retrosternal thyroid is a thyroid gland that grows unnaturally beneath the sternum. It can result in a mass called a goiter that extends from the neck. It can also go undetected to the eye and instead can be found on a chest X-ray. Retrosternal thyroid surgery takes out the mass. If the mass is not taken out, it can place pressure on the esophagus and air passages. The mass can make it difficult to swallow food, cause neck pain and breathing difficulty.

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