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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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Been to 2 endos. Had half my thyroid removed. One guy says I should be on Synthroid (thyroxine) to stop remaining lobe from being over worked other said not needed due to normal blood tests. Who is right?

Been to 2 endos. Had half my thyroid removed. One guy says I should be on Synthroid (thyroxine) to stop remaining lobe from being over worked other said not needed due to normal blood tests. Who is right?

Labs, ask why: Often times there is not one correct answer. Have both endos explain the lab results and also there rational for what they are presenting. Normal labs are not always normal depending on the situation. ...Read more

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After half the thyroid is removed, how long before the rest of the gland takes over?

After half the thyroid is removed, how long before the rest of the gland takes over?

Depends: On the health of the remaining lobe. Usually there is no delay in taking over. Why was half the gland removed in the first place? ...Read more

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My sister had half of her thyroid removed because of hyperthyroidism. What should she expect now since the surgery?

My sister had half of her thyroid removed because of hyperthyroidism. What should she expect now since the surgery?

Varies: She can expect to have normal thyroid function but some will be under active and some will still be overactive. Eventually, about 80% of people with graves disease as a cause of hyperthyroidism will become under active. So monitoring the thyroid level will be necessary for the rest of her life. ...Read more

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What to do if I have half or all of your thyroid removed?

What to do if I have half or all of your thyroid removed?

Depends: Hi. If half your thyroid is removed and the remaining half works normally, it will provide you with all the thyroid hormone you'll ever need. If the whole thyroid is removed, you're hypothyroid and need to be on thyroid hormone for life. If it was taken out for cancer, you need enough thyroid hormone to make you a little bit hyperthyroid (your endocrinologist will explain). Good luck! ...Read more

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Half thyroid needs to be removed.Docs say 40% chance of cancer. If so than all of it. What is chance of survival & is surgery high risk? Thx

Half thyroid needs to be removed.Docs say 40% chance of cancer. If so than all of it. What is chance of survival & is surgery high risk? Thx

Prognosis is good: Thyroid cancer is a very non aggressive type of cancer. It is rare for people to die of thyroid cancer (unless anaplastic- a very rare form of thyroid cancer). If done by an experienced surgeon, thyroid surgery has a very low risk. You should follow through with what has been recommended. ...Read more

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What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

What's the TSH level to maintain for 57+ female with Hypothyroidism, whose one & half of thyroid glands were removed for goiter surgery 15+ yr back ?

Don't base on TSH: I believe it is a mistake to base dosage on TSH alone; TSH is a surprisingly poor marker for tissue thyroid levels in many common conditions; one should assess Free T3 (liothyronine) and Free T4 and also take how the patient is feeling into account. Here are good articles about how 11 renowned specialists optimize thyroid hormone levels: http://tinyurl.com/6gvsxqu Also see http://tinyurl.com/nrww2qg ...Read more

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How do I know if I have thyroidism?

How do I know if I have thyroidism?

TFT's: Thyroid disorders are usually diagnosed via blood test and clinical symptoms. Thyroid function tests include measuring blood levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and thyroid hormone levels (t3 (liothyronine) and t4). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thyroidism?

2 different ways: Hypothyroid includes weight gain, slower mental processes, fatigue, constipation, reduced menstruation... Hyperthyroid includes weight loss, shakiness, elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rate, feeling hot.... See your doctor or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for thyroidism?

What are the symptoms for thyroidism?

Fatige/dry skin/cons: The following symptoms fatigue dry skin constipation unexplained weight gain depression slow heart rate thinning hair heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods muscle weakness hoarseness puffy face constipation thinning hair increase sensitivity to cold impaired memory elevated blood cholesterol level muscle ache and joint pains syptoms get worse if not treated with thyroid hormone. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more