Thyroid FAQs Topic Guide
Thyroid Facts: The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine (hormone) system. The thyroid gland produces two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). Diseases of the thyroid gland include hyperthyroidism, hyperthyroidism, subacute thyroiditis, thyroid cancer, and thyroid nodules. Thyroid medications are used to treat thyroid disorders.
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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