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Understanding The Thyroid

 

Definitions

The Thyroid Gland is a soft, small Bow-shaped gland, located in the front of the neck, below the voice box or larynx (Adam’s Apple) on either side of the trachea (windpipe).

Conditions

Click here to learn about a host of different conditions, including Thyroiditis, Thyroid Eye Disease, Thyroid Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and much more.

Causes

The many causes of thyroid disorders inlcude iodine deficiency, autoimmune disease, viral and bacterial inflammation, familial diosrders, and much more.

Treatments

Click here to learn about the different types of treatments available for Thyroid conditions, including known treatments and Thyrogen treatments.

Surgery

An Endocrine Surgeon is the specialist who performs a thyroidectomy. A total thyroidectomy is recommended for thyroid cancer, restriction caused by an enlarged thyroid gland pressing on the windpipe, oesophagus or nerves.

Iodine Deficiency

Iodine Deficiency is the commonest worldwide cause of thyroid disorders.  A low iodine diet can cause hypothyroidism, an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) and can affect fertility, pregnancy and neurodevelopmental disorders in newborns.

 

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