Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino

Internal Medicine
Boston, MA
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Boston, MA

Address

Wang ACC 730s , MGH 15 Parkman St , Boston, MA
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Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Boston, MA

About

Bio

I was born in Italy, 1963. Graduated from Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, in 1988. Until 1993 I was Resident and Fellow In Endocrinolgy and Metabolism at The University of Pisa, Italy. In 1995-1998 I was fellow in Endocrinology at the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, NY. In 1998-2001 I was assistant Professor in Endocrinology, University of Pisa, Italy. In 2001-2004 I completed my Residency in Internal Medicine at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA to achieve board eligibility. Since 2004, I am Assistant Professor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Endocrinology

Licenses

United States: Massachusetts

Languages spoken

Italian

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
9 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Get evaluated: Amenorrhea is not normal, can cause osteoporosis and affect your well being, besides afecting fertility.. First, a pregnancy test should be done and t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Big difference!: Amenorrhea means lack of menstruation for six months or more. Anemia means a low count of hemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen in the blood ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Addison's test: The best test for addison's disease (ad) is the acth stimulation test. After a blood test for cortisol, an injection of acth is given and the cortisol... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Addison's: In addison's, the adrenal gland is destroyed by your immune system. It is an autoimmune disease. Without the adrenal gland, critical hormones such as... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Adrenal hormones: Adrenal hormones of two types are usually used: 1) glucorticoids such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone: these regulate blood pressure, glu... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Women losing weight significantly and rapidly can loose their periods and develop amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is a well recognized consequence of anorexia.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Years: The word goiter indicates an enlarged thyroid. Many processes can cause this, but most commonly dietary iodine deficiency or other factors lead to the... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Sometimes: Cushing's disease can be cured by pituitary surgery: removing the small benign tumor causing the adrenal to overwork. However pituitary surgery is not... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
None: If you have adrenal insufficiency you shouldl be taking glucocorticoids and often florinef (fludrocortisone). Food does not interfere much with these... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Sialadenitis, maybe: You may have stones or inflammation in the salivary glands. I suggest you see a ear, nose and throat specialist.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Often none: With the most common inflammation of the thyroid (hashimoto's thyroiditis-ht) the inflammation is chronic and bland, so there are no direct symptoms.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It can happen: Most people with autoimmune thyroid disease have either hypo or hyperthyroidism. Many people with hyperthyroidism may end-up with hypo as a consequenc... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Most often none: Most often the autoimmune process is not treated. We treat hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism as those are the important consequences of the process. T... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes it may be: It depends on why you were taking it. If you have complete hypothyroidism from thyroid surgery or radioactive iodine treatment, then you need to re-st... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not sure: This is not a typical symptom of hyperthyroidism. However there are 2 theoretical explanations on my mind: 1) your hyperthyroidism may make the muscle... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Can become hyper: If your thyroid levels are right on 0.1 mg, then 0.2 mg will be definitely too much. It can make you slightly thyrotoxic. This can cause a racing hear... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It is probably ok: A slightly elevated TSH indicates mild thyroid failure. Early in pregnancy, even that can affect the fetal development, although changes are probably ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Several: Possible causes for high prolactin with no tumor: a) medications such as antidepressants b) hypothyroidism c) severe stress (if the increase is mil... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe hyperthyroid?: Some people who are taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism may at times experience swings towards the opposite (hyperthyroidism). Some of these swing... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe radioiodine?: A low TSH after thyroidectomy for graves' may indicate (if pt is not taking thyroid hormone) that residual thyroid tissue is present and that hyperth... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes hypothyroidism: These test results indicate hypothyroidism. depending on the clinical setting, this can be corrected with thyroid hormone replacement. however, since ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Lung and Graves: With hyperthyroidism such as in graves' disease, people can experience shortness of breath. However this is usually resolved with treatment of the hyp... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Tamoxifen interferes with estrogen action causing hot flashes. Taking estrogen to control hot flashes would defeat the primary reason to take tamoxife... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Consider HRT: Complete lack of female hormones at age 32, can cause serious osteoprosis. Estrogen-progestin therapy is now limited to select cases for women who hav... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Would not stop.: Holding the thyroxine (i assume that is the med) for a few days will lower your levels a little bit and that may well be why you feel better. If you s... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It is variable: The way hypothyroid persons feels is quite variable. Some feel very tired with small degrees of hypothyroidism, but I have seen people who were deeply... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: Diabetes is diagnosed with a blood test, either a blood glucose or a hemoglobin A1c level. While people with diabetes may have many symptoms in their ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
He may a biopsy: Some thyroid nodules with true microcalcifications are thyroid cancers. When nodules with microcalcifications are seen, the doctor may advise to have ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It depends on levels: Many people with mild hypothyroidism don't feel any different. Occasionally, even people with severe hypo feel normal. Severe hypo can lead to heart d... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not really: Adrenal fatigue is not a recognized condition. There are no validated criteria to diagnose it, nor proven treatments. Adrenal insufficiency is a rare ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
With a fasting test: The child needs to be watched while fasting, with tests for Insulin done if the blood sugar drops. This is usually done in the hospital, for sweaty r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Multiple but uncommon: One in ten patient on antithyroid drugs can have rashes, joint pains, bad taste in their mouth. More rarely, patients may have a reversible drop in th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
She must see her doc: Uterine bleeding after menopause needs to be evaluated carefully by primary care doctor and gynecologist, as it may be a sign of uterine cancer. Of co... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Small nodule: Often cystic thyroid nodules can have denser regions called "punctate foci". If the nodule is not cystic those can also be microcalcifications, a find... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Most often, yes: With rapid changes with of thyroid levels (especially from high to normal), paople may experience "telogen effluvium). This happens when a lot of hair... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Slightly abnormal: This is slightly abnormal, but not dangerous: "subclinical hypothyroidism". The issue is controversial, but people who feel well may not need treatmen... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not used: A thyroid biopsy is a very simple procedure, performed with fine needles. It is very well tolerated if performed by a skilled professional. Only local... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
High metabolism: The body produces much more heat when hyperthyroid and this makes the person less tolerant of high temperatures.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It depends: It depends on when the hypothyroidism developed and on its severity. Mild hypothyroidism later in pregnancy is unlikely to cause problems. If the hypo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: With moderate doses of thyroid hormone, subclinical hypothyroidism can be easily corrected without significant risk.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Many things: Thyroid calcifications are relatively common. Some of them are an indication of thyroid cancer. The first thing to do is to get a neck ultrasound, whi... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: In a non diabetic person, suspected hypoglycemia needs to be confirmed with a fasting test. Because of the risks, the test has to done in a hospital, ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
This is how I do it: After local anesthesia is given (an injection just under the skin), a very fine needle is guided into the thyroid nodule through ultrasound visualizat... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Possibly thyroiditis: The information is incomplete, but subacute thyroiditis (sat), an inflammation of the thyroid gland can cause hyperthyroidism and high esr. People wit... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: People have an "adrenal crisis" only when the adrenal is already very weakened or absent. The crisis can be dangerous, but will not affect the gland i... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Helps the dryness: Estrogen cream is given to help menopausal women with vaginal dryness and other local effects of menopause while avoiding the whole body effects of an... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Not directly: Cortef (hydrocortisone) is similar to cortical adrenal hormones. The placenta is able to break down maternal cortical adrenal hormones, so that the fe... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Ignore: Type I diabetes is more often inherited through the paternal lineage than through the maternal one.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
GnRH hormones: While normally gnrh stimulates sex hormones, it achieves this only when it is secreted in bursts by the hypothalamus. When given in injections, it cir... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Barbesino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Barbesino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Barbesino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have had this procedure done twice. And both times found it painful.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I got infectious colitis a month ago, may be related....interesting.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am using thyroxine sodium approx 175 mcg since 2007. now facing AVN

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Faculty of Medicine, Italy
Graduated 1988MD

Affiliations

Endocrine Society
American Thyroid Association
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