Hypothyroidism Topic Guide
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Causes of hypothyroidism include Hashimotot's thyroiditis, subacute thyroiditis, previous thyroid therapy, drug-induced, Pituitary or hypothalamic disease, and iron deficiency. Some common symptoms of hypothyroidism are fatigue, constipation, weight gain, poor appetite, dry, rough skin, coarse hair, hair loss, edema, depression, and elevated cholesterol levels. Treatment of hypothyroidism is generally with medication.
Thyroid Problems Diseases of the thyroid gland can lead to hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid goiters, or thyroid cancer. Causes of hypothyroidism include tissue loss, antibodies, present from birth, defects in the production of thyroid hormone production, and medications. Causes of hyperthyroidism include Grave's disease, goiter, thyroiditis, adenoma, or medications. Symptoms of both diseases range from constipation, fatigue, weight gain, cold or heat intolerance, to coma. Treatment depends upon the thyroid condition.
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