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- lack of iodine in the diet.
- thyroid cancer.
- an inability to process salt in the diet.
- a chromosomal abnormality.
A goiter occurs as an enlargement of the thyroid gland; it occurs when the body produces too much or too little thyroid hormone. A goiter may also develop from lack of iodine in the diet, which impacts thyroid hormone production. Iodine deficiency is much more rare as a cause of goiter because of iodized salt in the diet.
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