This is Djenabou and that massive #goitre had been growing for 18 years .
When @MercyShips visited #Cameroon, she got blessed with a free surgery and is ready to start her life anew.
📚A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland resulting in a “swollen neck” and it may be diffuse or nodular.
🏩Goiters are found in people with:
2️⃣Autoimmune thyroiditis - Hashimoto or postpartum thyroiditis
3️⃣Excess iodine (Wolff-Chaikoff effect) or lithium ingestion, which decrease release of thyroid hormone
5️⃣Thyroid malignancy etc
💉Surgery is reserved for
Large goiters with compression, Malignancy, and when other forms of therapy are not practical or ineffective.
💊Medications used include B-blockers, methimazole and propylthiouracil.