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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
Thyroid gland is also known as Thyroid. 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
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
Thyroid: You don't normally remove the thyroid if it is underactive, you replace it with thyroxine, not sure what is your thyroid problem, and what are your side effects, but you need to discuss them with your doctor. An endocrinologist will be best equipped to treat your condition. ...Read more
Surgical procedure: To remove thyroid gland in lower part of front of neck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
2 years ago my mother went into surgery to take out her left thyroid gland. Now the doctor said the right one is starting to grow. Surgery or medicine?
Half thyroid: If half the thyroid is removed, it is normal for the other half to get bigger to compensate. Also, if the "problem" originally was a nodular thyroid, that problem usually affects both sides, even if the right side looked normal at the time. Your mother needs to see an endocrinologist who does thyroid ultrasound and biopsy. ...Read more
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