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Half Of Thyroid Removed
Will the remaining remaining half of my thyroid hypertrophy attempting to compensate for the missing half without my taking thyroid med?
Hemithyroidectomy: Yes. If 1/2 your thyroid is removed, the other 1/2 will hypertrophy. Half a thyroid will make enough hormone to keep you normal....If...(big if) that 1/2 thyroid is normal, and not diseased. Why was part of the thyroid removed? If it was hashimotos, then the other 1/2 may be affected too, and may not be normal. ...Read more
I had a partial thyroidectomy and the radioactive iodine treatment for the other side due to goiter-nodule with small cancer. Synthroid (thyroxine) reduced-why?
For RAI to Work: The overall treatment is a little confusing as cancer is usually surgically removed, but there are a few reasons to lower your Synthroid (thyroxine). It may be held for a while so your left over thyroid tries to work and will suck up the RAI. The other reason is when the thyroid cells die they will release thyroid hormone. This could temp make you hyperthyroid. Eventually your dose will be adjusted again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Mom had thyroid cancer. Dr just lowered dose of thyroid meds after 20 years of same dose. Risk of cancer returning somewhere else in body? No thyroid.
Thyroid cancer: The dose of levothyroxine used after thyroid cancer treatment is higher than in a typical hypothyroid patient to suppress the TSH (which can stimulate cancer cells). But this high-ish dose can produce hyperthyroidism which can put an elderly person at risk of AFib and other heart problems. If cancer has not reoccurred after 20 yr, this is probably a safe move. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some of the side affects of hashimoto disease. I have had the right side of my thyroid removed and take synthroid (thyroxine).
No : No "side effects" or symptoms of hashimoto's are proven outside the possible thyroid enlargement and symptoms of underactive thyroid, some of which dr. Fowler has listed. Once your thyroid levels are normal on your supplement (synthroid) in your case, you should have no symptoms of the hashimotos. By the way, we use the term "side effects" for undesired effects of a drug. Symptoms are what we experience from an illness or disease. See the links below to learn more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To ablate remnant tissue after complete thyroidectomy(initially had multiple noduls, 1-ca node), what maximum dose of radioactive iodine be taken?
Depends: The dose is related to the risk of recurrent disease. The larger the primary tumor, the higher the risk. In your age group (under 45 yo) the risk is relatively low, even with having a positive lymph node. The recommended dose would be as low as 30 mci or as high as 100. ...Read more
Diagonsis:thyroid gland, total thyroidectomy , small adenomatous nodule in the left labe with evidence of cystic change. Ectopic cartilage and mucus ?
Hmm.: Is there a question that you would like to ask? I really don't see one here. ...Read more
In follicular adenoma of thyroid gland , after lobectomy , is ther resk for other remaining lobe to develop follicular carcenoma ?
VERY LOW: In treating thyroid tumors the lesion present should be solitary and essentially cold on thyroid scan. At that time if surgery indicated should the lesion be relatively small and confined to one lobe it is possible to save the other lobe. Ca Dx is made when the adenoma shows evidence of follicular cells breaking the capsule. A second primary occurs in the other lobe in about 5% of patients ...Read more
The thyroglobulin antibody was done because of a nodule in the right lobe and thyroid markedly reduce in size on the left. Diagnosis thyromegaly.
If on correct dose,: that cause normal free T4 and TSH, then none!! ...Read more
Single benign thyroid nodule removed 3 years ago, recent ultrasound now reveals multiple nodules on both sides of the thyroid. How worrisome is this?
If thyroid hormones are high and I have a partial thyroidectomy , the remaining part of my thyroid should keep my levels high. Right?
Trying to regulate dosage of Armour thyroid after thyroid removal. TSH level at 20. Can the over-production of TSH be causing my headache?
No: TSH itself does not usually cause headaches. ...Read more
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