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Why do doctors hold your thyroid cartilage between their forefinger and thumb ?

Why do doctors hold your thyroid cartilage between their forefinger and thumb and ask you to swallow? The reason I m asking this in heart diseases is because I seen a cardiologist do it.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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She is not holding the thyroid cartilage---she is palpating the thyroid itself to check for enlargement or nodules. Thyroid dyscrasias (low or high thyroid conditions) can contribute to cardiac conditions, including cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias.
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