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Does high tpoabs slowly completely destroy thyroid gland?If so, how long will it take?Do they attack the other body parts once thyroid stop working?

Does high tpoabs slowly completely destroy thyroid gland?If so, how long will it take?Do they attack the other body parts once thyroid stop working?

TPO hypothyroid: Under activity of thyroid can develop at variable intervals some may not even develop functional problems higher titers female sex family history may help tpo is a specific antibody does not attack other tissues can be associated with eye and skin infiltrative disease. ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

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


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Is it possible if the thyroid gland quits working completely before age 3 that other glands can be permanently affected as well?

Is it possible if the thyroid gland quits working completely before age 3 that other glands can be permanently affected as well?

Unlikely but...: This is complicated! Even mild hypothyroidism can have permanent effects on a child's growth & development, but it's not likely to affect the function of other endocrine glands. However, hypothyroidism MAY be accompanied by dysfunction of other glands (multiple endocrinopathy) or it may be caused by dysfunction of the pituitary gland. I assume your doctors have checked for these other problems. ...Read more

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What is the optimal TSH for a 61 year old female who 16 years ago operated thyroid gland due to hurthle cell ca. ? My TSH during all these 16 years (after the operation) was 0, 6 - 0, 4 . But two months ago I changed the original swiss medicine eltr

What is the  optimal  TSH for a 61 year old female who 16 years ago operated thyroid gland  due to hurthle cell ca. ? My TSH  during all these 16 years (after the operation) was 0, 6 - 0, 4 . But two months ago  I  changed the original swiss medicine eltr

As : As you know, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is secreted by your pituitary gland to stimulate the synthesis and release of thyroid hormones from your thyroid gland (which has been removed, in your case). Since TSH can also stimulate the growth of thyroid cancer cells, one goal of therapy for thyroid cancer patients is to suppress their TSH to the lowest possible level while keeping their triiodothyronine level (t3) within a normal range. (many physicians strive for a TSH less than 0.1 as long as the patient's T3 (liothyronine) doesn't climb higher than normal). This usually requires a levothyroxine dose between 2.2 and 2.8 mcg per kg of body weight (about 170 to 220 mcg for a 172 lb individual). I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean that the thyroid gland is mildly prominent?

What does it mean that the thyroid gland is mildly prominent?

Physical exam: On routine physical exams the thyroid is examined by palpating the neck from behind and making the patient swallow. Sometimes, during the exam the tissue is more prominent suggesting that the gland may be enlarged ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to eat grapefruit with no thyroid gland?

No problem: I am not aware of any problem eating grapefruit and taking thyoid medication. Just be sure to take thyroid hormone by itself, on an empty stomach, and wait at least 40 min before eating. ...Read more

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If you are born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

If you are  born without a thyroid gland how does this affect you?

Medical emergency: Newborn blood screening identifies infants with abnormal thyroid function within a few days of life. Babies with low thyroid levels are seen by peds endocrinologists/pediatricians immediately to start thyroid hormone replacement. Depending on where you are, thyroid scan may be done to try identify if the gland is present. Treatment is asap to avoid brain damage to the infant. Most babies do well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove the thyroid gland and is it bad once you don't have it or what?

Is it possible to remove the thyroid gland  and is it bad once you don't have it or what?

NO , You need it: You don't remove it , if it is not diseased . When removed need to be supplemented with thyroid hormone , as thyroxine is the ring leader of metabolic activity of every cell in the body. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are all thyroid gland nodules harmless?

Thyroid nodules: A very small percentage of thyroid nodules can be cancer. That is why your doctor will examine them with ultrasound and perform needle aspiration biopsy on them. If the nodule is suspicious appearing, it may need to be surgically removed. However, most are harmless. You may need to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Personality Changes (Definition)

Personality change is a symptom in which a person's personality (the sum of his traits, emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns) has altered. Temporary changes can be due to fatigue, hormonal changes, drug abuse, medication side effects, etc ...Read more


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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