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Removing A Thyroid Gland
Yes: After partial removal, the remaining thyroid will grow. If this thyroid remnant is healthy, it can easily make enough thyroid hormone to keep your blood levels normal, but on exam it may be enlarged. If the original surgery was for a "nodule", then this enlarging thyroid remnant can create concern/confusion: is it normal physiologic expansion, or another nodule? Check with your endocrinologist. ...Read more
It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more
Glands grow: If not all of the thyroid was removed, the remnant will likely grow back, especially if the TSH was slightly high or normal (tsh is a stimulus to growth). Surgery usually does not remove every last cell of the thyroid, even if it is called a "total thyroidectomy". See your endocrinologist. ...Read more
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 very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated....: More than can be explained in 400 characters. Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After removal of my thyroid gloin because of a tumor i got diagnosed with copd. Do you know if there are relations between thyroid gland and copd?
No: thyroid surgery may cause pulmonary problems if damage has occurred to the recurrent laryngeal nerve which controls vocal cord motion. COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease usually results from smoking where elastase is produced in the lung tissue, escapes into circulation where it breaks down elastic tissue in the rib cage to cause COPD, or in skin of face to result in wrinkles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can a low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness in a person who had undergone thyroid gland removal?
THYROID: Check thyroid and TSH blood levels and be sure you're getting enough medication, does your dr know youre tired? Dr & patient are a team. Patient's job is to keep dr informed and follow the best recommended path. Keep up your side of the team! ...Read more
No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year
US results "a mass to the thyroid gland, which appears to arise from or be directly contiguous w/lower pole of gland" Can thyroid mass grow outside?
I had my thyroid gland removed back 15 years ago I have now noticed a lump on my right side of my neck do you think this is something to worry about i?
Neck lump: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, it depends if you had partial or total thyroid resection and the reason why it was removed. Either way I would suggest to be seen by a PCP and getting a neck ultrasound along with TSH level. I hope it helps! Thank you. ...Read more
Can parathyroid tumors/masses appear on US to be on/attached/contiguous w/the thyroid gland? How large can parathyroid masses grow? Are they benign?
Endocrine Gland: It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90% T4 and 10 to 20 %T3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is located in the neck. It also controls body's temperature ...Read more
Can mean many things: A lumpy thyroid gland may have a nodule or nodules that can either be benign or cancer. Frequently when you have multiple lumps in the thyroid it is due to what is known as a multinodular goiter, which is benign, that is not cancer. However, the usual approach is to get an ultrasound of the thyroid and evaluate the nodule or nodules. A biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more
Not much you can do: If your thyroid gland has failed, there is not much you can do. If the cause is hashimoto's thyroiditis, it is usually progressive and you become hypothyroid forever (although thyroid levels can go up/down for a while initially). There is a form of "subacute thyroiditis" which can make you hypo transiently, and then you recover. ...Read more
The lower neck.: The bulk of the thyroid gland lies on both sides of your wind-pipe in your neck. This area is just above the bony notch at the top of your breast bone. There is a small bridge of tissue that connects the two lobes. Normally you cannot see or feel this gland. See a doctor if this area is puffy, feel like you have something in your throat, or there is a tenderness or fulness in this area. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Thyroidectomy: If all/most of the gland is removed, you will become hypothyroid, which is easily treated with levothyroxine, and you will feel fine. Potential complications of surgery is removal of the parathyroids, or damage to the nerve to the vocal cords, but this is uncommon when performed by a surgeon who does this procedure regularly. ...Read more
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