Thyroid Disorders Treatment
The thyroid and parathyroid glands are situated in the neck, where they produce and secrete hormones into the bloodstream. There are two types of thyroid hormones, both of which help control the rate of metabolism (the chemical reactions constantly occurring in the body). The four small parathyroid glands produce a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. Thyroid disorders are common, but their onset is often gradual and they may not be detected or diagnosed for months or even years. Low levels of thyroid hormones at birth can be prevent normal development of the brain and for this reason, a thyroid function test is one of the first tests to be performed on a newborn baby. Over and under activity of the thyroid gland are the most common thyroid disorders and are discussed first. Swellings and growths are covered next, followed by disorders in which there is over or under production of hormones by the parathyroid gland... Read More ... .. Read More ...
Goiter is a swelling in the neck due to enlargement of the thyroid glands. If the thyroid gland enlarges, it causes a swelling in the neck known as a goiter. A goiter can range in size from a barely noticeable lump to a swelling the size of a grapefruit. Most goiters are painless. In rare cases, a large goiter may press on the esophagus and trachea (windpipe), causing difficulty in swallowing and breathing. .. Read More ...
Hypothyroidism is underproduction of thyroid hormones, causing many body functions to slow down. In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. These hormones are important in metabolism (the chemical reactions constantly occurring in the body). A deficiency causes a slowing down of many of the body’s functions. The disorder is more common in women, particularly in those over age 40. .. Read More ...
Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormones, causing many body functions to speed up. When the thyroid gland produces an excess of hormones, many of the body’s functions are stimulated by these hormones and speed up. This condition is Hyperthyroidism and is one of the most common hormonal disorders. Hyperthyroidism is 7-10 times more common in women and usually develops between the ages of 20 and 50 .. Read More ...
Hyperthyroidism Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Hypothyroidism Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Goiter Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Hyperparathyroidism Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
Hypoparathyroidism Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
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