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Can levothyroxin help a goitered thyroid?

Can levothyroxin help a goitered thyroid?

To some extent: If a goiter is due to primary hypothyroidism then levothyroxine allows TSH to come down thereby removing one source of goiter. However, patients with hashimoto's also have lymphocytic infiltration of the gland which contributes to goiter development also. That takes time to go down. We see this in patients with nl thyroid function also. Grave's antibodies stimulate thyroid growth mimicking tsh. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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Hyper thyroid best med?

Hyper thyroid best med?

Tapazole (methimazole): Methimazole (tapazole) is preferred over ptu (propylthiouracil). Ptu (propylthiouracil) should be used only in first trimester of pregnancy, tapazole should be used all other times. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid specialist/doctor treat thyroid nodules?

Depends: Most thyroid nodules do not require any treatment. If a nodule needs to be removed, that is done by a surgeon and not an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can a hashimoto thyroid goiter be shrunk with diet?

No effect of diet: Unfortunately, it is an autoimmune disease, controlled by antibodies to the thyroid, and diet will not help. If you are hypothyroid, you may benefit from levothyroxine. But it is hard to get that inflamed thyroid to shrink. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid since 2005,non toxic multinodulor goiter 5mm nodule lft thyroid.Bothersome

These nodules can: sometimes be reduced in size by taking a small amount of Thyroid medicine.This requires some expertise.See an Endocrinologist for the best care. ...Read more

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Medicine for thyroid nodule?

Depends on problem: 3 major categories of potential health issues caused by thyroid nodules: a) large size affecting swallowing, breathing, voice ; b) over active production of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid) ; and c) ~5% of nodules are cancer. Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil) are pills that block thyroid hormone production, treating b) above. Radioactive i-131 can shrink/destroy nodule, treating a) and b). Need surgery for c). ...Read more

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Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Will thyroid hormones or antithyroid medications interfere with a tc99m pertechnetate thyroid scan?

Not usually: Technetium is usually trapped by thyroid gland and used to determine in young children and infants the configuration of thyroid gland, hypoplasia, absence, or increased size or hyperplasia, or abnormal location. Radioactive iodine is used in older patients for determine function of thyroid gland, increased function or hyperthyroiidism or decreased function, hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Can thyroid goiter be prevented?

Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. ...Read more

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Can goiters on thyroid affect singing?

Usually not: Goiters usually grow out, not in, and do not affect vocal cords, trachea, or esophagus. Sometimes, big nodular goiters in the elderly can do this, but not usually. However, if the goiter is producing either hyper or hypothyroidism, that can certainly affect the vocal cords. Hypothyroidism could turn you from an alto into a tenor.... Or more. ...Read more

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4-21-14 Thyroidectomy r/t thyroiditis, goiter. On Synthroid (thyroxine) 137 mcg- hypo s/s returning have felt great for months. Would adding Cytomel help?

4-21-14 Thyroidectomy r/t thyroiditis, goiter.  On Synthroid (thyroxine) 137 mcg- hypo s/s returning have felt great for months.  Would adding Cytomel help?

Not specific: The signs & symptoms of hypothyroidism are not specific for hypothyroidism (not a single one). Recheck your thyroid labs. If they're normal, your symptoms are due to something else. Having said that, I'm happy to do a trial of Cytomel with the Synthroid (thyroxine) in patients who want to try as long as I don't make them hyperthyroid. Some people report feeling better with comparable labs taking a little T3. ...Read more

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7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule and pregnancy related hyperthyroidism. Nodule caused by this?

7mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule and pregnancy related hyperthyroidism. Nodule caused by this?

Thyroid nodule: The thyroid nodule is not likely to be caused by pregnancy. Transient mild hyperthyroidism can sometimes be seen in the first trimester but should resolve as long as it is not an underlying problem that has not been diagnosed. Would suggest repeating labs for thyroid function at 16-18 weeks. Should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Normal Tpo Ab and Tg Ab; no Hashi's or Graves'. Have a multinodular goiter & Hypothyroidism. If not Hashi's, what causes my Hypothyroidism? Pituitary?

Normal Tpo Ab and Tg Ab; no Hashi's or Graves'. Have a multinodular goiter & Hypothyroidism.
If not Hashi's, what causes my Hypothyroidism? Pituitary?

No autoimmune: so your multi nodular is is under production of Thyroxine no on immune basis , must see an endocrinologist to follow nodular goiter is it is cold or hot by Biopsy and follow as appropriate and tsp levels and t3, (liothyronine)t4 ...Read more

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Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) which is better thyriod medicine?

Armour vs thyrolar (thyroxine and liothyronine) which is better thyriod medicine?

Neither : The american thyroid association, the endocrine society and the american association of clinical endocrinologists all recommend the use of levothyroxine for the treatment of hypothyroidism and discourage the use of dessicated (dried) animal thyroid. ...Read more

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Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Taking ptu (propylthiouracil) for overactive thyroid and Clomid also; does smoking affect thyroid hormones?

Eye disease: Smoking will greatly increase your risk for developing grave's exophthalmopathy. Essentially, the eyes are pushed out because of immune deposits behind them. This will make it difficult for you to close your eyes. People go blind from this depending on severity. We don't understand why smoking increases your risk but it does. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Can low thyroid hormone symptoms like hair-loss be reversed?

Allopecia: If scalp hair loss called allopecia is due to hypothyroidism one can reverse it by normalizing thyroid function. Most of the time hypothyroidism is due to an autoimmune disorder called hashimotos disease. Allopcia is an accompanying autoimmune disorder and may not be due to low thyroid hormones. It's an association -- not causation. ...Read more

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Is yoga helpful for hypothyroidism and PCOS?

Is yoga helpful for hypothyroidism and PCOS?

Not therapeutic...: If you had practiced it ,you may not have the problem to start with... ...Read more