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Enlarged thyroid. Metallic taste, excessive saliva formation, trouble swallowing. Symptoms due to thyroid?

I have an enlarged thyroid with 7 nodules on it. I m a 52 year old male who was treated with 35 treatments of radiation and also chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin s disease when I was 25. I am also experiencing a metallic taste and excessive saliva for the past 6 weeks. Trouble swallowing and talking at times when I exert. Could all this be related to the thyroid in which I will have taken out this week?
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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Radiation in neck can affect your salivary glands and this may lead to increased salivation, medications can cause metallic taste. These are unrelated to thyroid. Since you are a male and you had a radiation in neck you are at risk of thyroid cancer. So if you have a goiter and symptoms like difficulty in swallowing or tlking you should have it evaluated.
If i was your treating physician I would have done the following tests
Thyroid function test, Ultrasound of Neck , FNAC (Needle testing) of thyroid
If investigations show any doubt i would suggest you surgical removal of your thyroid.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

With warm regards,
Dr Ajish TP (MD,DM)
Consultant Endocrinologist.
Answered: Wed, 8 Oct 2014
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