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Thyroid Problems Prognosis
Most people with either hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and benign and malignant thyroid nodules, with proper diagnosis and treatment, can control their condition with no long-term effects and a normal life expectancy. However, those with undiagnosed disease may progress to hypothyroid coma or thyrotoxic crisis (thyroid storm), with death rates approaching 50%.
Graves' eye disease has been treated with corticosteroid medication, radiotherapy, and surgery with varying success.
Patients with thyroid cancer have a very low mortality rate (<5%) but the overall risk depends on age, type of thyroid cancer, and the extent of spread of the tumor. Endocrinologists will manage the evaluation and treatment of thyroid cancer, rather than an oncologist.
John A. Seibel, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Endocrinology & Metabolism
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014
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