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what is the definition or description of: hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: Is an oversecretion of thyroid hormone or hormones. For a full analysis check the website for the american thyroid association of else aace.Com.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between grave's disease and hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: There are many different causes of hyperthyroidism. Graves disease is an autoimmune disease most common in young women. Other common forms of hyperthyroidism are toxic nodular goiter, subacute thyroiditis, post-partum thyroiditis, and of course overreplacement with thyroid hormone. There are many other, less common forms of hyperthyroidism, some of which can be subtle.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What tests do you need to have done to figure out if you have hypo or hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Lab tests: The common tests for both condition are: TSH and free t4. For hyperthyrodism, you will also need a free t3 (liothyronine). Once your doctor has these results, more tests might be needed such as thyroid antibodies, thyroid ultrasound, thyroid uptake and scan and possibly thyroid biopsy. The latter tests are usually not needed if tsh, free T4 and free T3 (liothyronine) are normal.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks associated with letter hyperthyroidism go untreated?

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Dr. Robert Kaplan
Endocrinology 44 years experience
Hyperthyroid: Letting hyperthyroid go untreated leads to heat intolerance, weight loss, irritability, widened blood pressures, sleeplessness, hyperactivity, tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and increased appetite. Continued lack of treatment in very extreme situations could result in presenting in the emergency room and being mistaken for a heart attack. Get treated. It is not costly.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: hyperthyroid?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Hyperthyroid: Too much thyroid hormone from a diffuse process, multiple nodules or a solitary nodule. High free T3 (liothyronine) and t4, low tsh.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What will my appointment with an nhs specialist entail for hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Endocrinologist: Nhs=national health service, but you live in la? Presumably you are seeing an endocrinologist for your hyperthyroidism. The doc will take a hx and physical, examine your thyroid, blood tests if not already done. (s)he may do an ultrasound, esp if there is a nodule. May start on antithyroid drugs (eg b-blocker, methimazole). May discuss future treatments, like radioactive iodine or surgery.

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