Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It is a common problem that can cause symptoms because of over- or under-function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid disorders include
Goiter - enlargement of the thyroid gland
Hyperthyroidism - when your thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs
Hypothyroidism - when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones
Thyroid cancer - cancer of thyroid
Thyroid nodules - lumps in the thyroid gland
Thyroiditis - swelling of the thyroid
HOW IS THYROID DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Endocrinologist diagnoses Thyroid Disorders by initially testing the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and later, performing a blood test to check for the increased levels of TSH. Often, the doctor can perform an ultrasound of the thyroid to check for swelling or nodules.
HOW IS THYROID DISORDERS TREATED?
Treatment depends on the problem, but may include medicines, radioiodine therapy, or thyroid surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thyroid disorders or problems tend to vary in type and healing, but they tend to have an impact on the entire body. It is a fairly commonly occurring set of disorders across the world.