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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do treat hyperthyroidism?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Depends on cause: Either the gland itself is at fault or the pituitary gland is at fault. If the thyroid is causing the hyperthyroidism, surgical excision or chemical ablation can effectively remove the gland. There are medications that can be taken to inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis if you are not a candidate for either of these. If the pituitary gland is the source of trouble, that can be removed surgically.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr commented
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Actually pituitary sources of hyperthyroidism are incredibly rare. The main cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, which is probably an autoimmune issue. Occasionally, a single thyroid nodule can cause it - the treatment is surgical. For Graves, patients take medicine to control the symptoms and most are treated definitively with radioactive iodine or surgery.
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Three ways: There are medications that lower the thyroid level, surgical removal of all or part of the gland, radioactive iodine. An endocrinologist should be able to guide which method is best for a particular patient.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: A thyroid gland secreting too much thyroid hormone. Medications, radioactive treatments, and surgery are options.
Dr. Walter Futterweit
Endocrinology 65 years experience
Antithyoid Rx or RAI: Prefer antithyroid meds to reduce radiation to ovaries (small but radiation). Antithyroid drugs are the first line in treating. Make sure a nodule that makes excess thyroid is not the cause. (Toxic nodule).

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What is hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Too much: This condition is characterized by excess production of thyroid hormone, due to an acute inflammatory process triggered by your immune system.
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What is hyperthyroid?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Too much thyroid !: Higher than normal thyroid levels in the blood. Condition will suppress tsh, which is easily measured. Too much can cause tachycardia, fine thinning hair, osteoporosis if untreated. This condition requires a medical evaluation.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Most often, the entire gland is overproducing thyroid hormone. This is called Graves' disease. Less commonly, a single nodule is responsible for the excess hormone secretion. We call this a "hot" nodule. Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid) can also cause hyperthyroidism.
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