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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Should addison disease patients get pregnant?

Should addison disease patients get pregnant?

High Risk: Patients with addison's disease can certainly carry pregnancies. However, due to the nature of this disease, planning before the pregnancy with your endocrinologist and OB is a must. Pregnant patients with addison's disease are at especially high risk and need to be closely monitored. ...Read more

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How is hashimoto's disease treated in pregnancy?

How is hashimoto's disease treated in pregnancy?

Thyroid pill: It's treated just like in someone without pregnancy, except at a higher dose. The treatment of choice is a pill: levothyroxine or the brand name products. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with hashimoto's disease?

Just diagnosed with hashimoto's disease?

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid, the most common cause for low thyroid. Antibodies that diagnose it (thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase), are surrogate markers and are not resonsible for the damage that occurs in the thyroid. It is a lymphocyctic infiltrate that causes thyroid damage.You can have markers for this and not be hypothyroid now, or indefinite years. ...Read more

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Can you die from having graves disease or hashimoto disease?

Can you die from having graves disease or hashimoto disease?

Only if untreated.: It would be rare to pass away from graves disease or hashimoto disease, as these diseases are easy to diagnose and treat in this era. Very rarely, if a patient was avoiding medical care, the thyroid condition could, in time, become severe enough to be fatal. ...Read more

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Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

Does anyone with graves disease automatically develops thyroid eye disease?

No: It can happen, but is relatively uncommon -- less than 1/3 of the time. If you're successfully treated, the chances of developing graves' eye disease generally decline the longer you remain normal after treatment. ...Read more

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Can grave's disease affect a pregnant woman?

Can grave's disease affect a pregnant woman?

It affects everyone: Graves' can occur in anybody so it can affect pregnant woman as well, however, pregnancy is an immunosuppressive state so it's possible that the graves' disease will get better during the pregnancy and get worst after the delivery. ...Read more

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Can a thin woman with hashimoto's disease while having hypothyroidism get diabetes symptoms without having actual diabetes?

Can a thin woman with hashimoto's disease while having hypothyroidism get diabetes symptoms without having actual diabetes?

Generally, no: Why isn't your hypothyroidism being treated. It's very simple and inexpensive. Since i don't know what you mean by "diabetes symptoms", i suggest you see your doctor for both problems. ...Read more

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I have Graves disease and hyperthyroidism with an enlarged heart. Is this serious?

I have Graves disease and hyperthyroidism with an enlarged heart. Is this serious?

Thyroid and heart: The simple and straightforward answer is yes - it is possibly serious and you must find out as soon as possible. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Risks of hashimoto's disease & pregnancy?

Risks of hashimoto's disease & pregnancy?

Check levels: If the thyroid is under active, your dosage requirement for thyroid hormone replacement may change during pregnancy. It is important that your thyroid hormone level be monitored during pregnancy to be sure that the dose you are taking is adequate. ...Read more

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What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

Depends: The CHF may be secondary to hyperthyrodism and may improve with thyroid treatment. If you have CHF and develop graves disease it can certainly make it worse. ...Read more

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How will dealing with graves disease affect my lupus?

How will dealing with graves disease affect my lupus?

Improve it: Probably it will improve as one disease gets under control. The initial stages of treatment however may cause stress on the body which will stress the lupus, hopefullly though it will get better with time. ...Read more

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\question on graves disease and being treated for it with radioactive iodine/ success?

\question on graves disease and being treated for it with radioactive iodine/ success?

Graves dis,radioacti: Radioactive iodine treatment is very effective in treatment of graves disease.The thyroid gland is knocked out and patients will need thyroid replacement all their life. ...Read more

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Could you with thyroid disease still get thyroid cancer?

Could you with thyroid disease still get thyroid cancer?

Thyroid disease?: You will need to clarify what you mean by thyroid disease. Most common thyroid problem is hypothyroidism (low hormone levels). You you can still get thyroid cancer. You should remember that thyroid nodules (lumps) are common, especially in women and when we get older. The chance of cancer in a nodule is 5% or less. Try not to worry until an evaluation has been done. ...Read more

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Can you have a heart attack with graves diease ?

Can you have a heart attack with graves diease ?

Not especially: THe autoimmune disease attacking the thyroid is not directly associated with the heart. THe activated thyroid can cause the heart to beat very rapidly and that can be stressful and damage the heart. this is not common especially since the group that gets graves is young. ...Read more

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If I have an elevated transglutaminase iga, hypothyroidism, and a mother with celiac disease. Is the likelihood that I have celiac disease.?

If I have an elevated transglutaminase iga, hypothyroidism, and a mother with  celiac disease.  Is the likelihood that I have celiac disease.?

Yes, but ...: While your database is highly suggestive of a person at risk for celiac disease, the diagnosis still hinges on a diagnostic small bowel biopsy. Once the diagnosis is secure, a gluten-free diet should then result in a drop in tissue transglutaminase titer. ...Read more

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Wwhy there is amenorrhea with grave's disease?

Wwhy there is amenorrhea with grave's disease?

Occurs w/hyperthyroi: Any form of hyperthyroidism can lead to decreased or even absent menses. Conversely, underactive or hypothyroidism can lead to heavy and frequent menses. ...Read more

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How do I control BP & raynauds disease with hypothyroidism?

How do I control BP & raynauds disease with hypothyroidism?

Open blood vessels: A vasodilator may be helpful for you. But your thyroid condition needs to be addressed first. See your medical doctor to make sure you are on proper medications. ...Read more

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Why is baby born with addison disease?

Why is baby born with addison disease?

Genetic causes: Sorry to hear your baby has addison's. There are several different forms, some more serious than others, & the cause depends on what type of addison's, but generally it is caused by genetic problems from one or both parents or a genetic mutation that occurred early in development. Though the language is rather technical, see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/919077-overview#aw2aab6b2b3aa. ...Read more

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4 months pregnant with graves' disease, would surgery or radio iodine be a good option? As medication is not improving the illness.

Graves pregnancy: Radioiodine is not used in pregnancy. It will destroy the baby's thyroid. Usually medications (ptu (propylthiouracil) (propylthiouracil) preferred) and surgery if necessary. Care has to be taken not to damage the baby's thyroid from high doses of ptu (propylthiouracil). If surgery is to be done, it should be during the 2nd trimester. You should be seen by a high risk pregnancy specialist. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor say i can't get pregnant while I have graves' disease? My boyfriend and i are trying for a baby

DID YOU ASK YOUR DOC: Your doc probably means that you need to get the graves disease under control because that could lead to serious complications with you and your baby if you were to become pregnant, and if your are only 20 yrs old , you have plenty of time to get pregnant, you want to maximize your chances for a healthy pregnancy and baby ! please speak with your doc so your doc can expalin everything to you. ...Read more

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I want to get pregnant and I have graves disease, but my doctor told me not to, but i want a second opinion, is it okay to conceive around the illness?

Pregnancy graves: It is difficult to conceive when uncontrolled graves and higher fetal loss control graves well with oral medicine called ptu (propylthiouracil) and after well controlled you can conceive and carry to full term be followed by endocrinologist carefully while pregnant baby on delivery may have short term thyroid issues you can also be treated with radioactive iodine and wait 6 months after and then get pregnant. ...Read more

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My friend is pregnant with triplets and has graves' disease, would the babies be in danger?

Small risk: It will only occur in 1-5% of babies born to mothers with graves' disease so the risk is low but not nill. ...Read more

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How do you treat graves disease in a pregnant women so baby doesn't get it?

How do you treat graves disease in a pregnant women so baby doesn't get it?

Very carefully.: See published guidelines ( endocrine society and american thyroid association). Thionamides including Propylthiouracil and Methimazole are used depending on stage of pregnancy, beta blockers added for short term control of symptoms. Surgery in rare cases. Despite this approx 1-5% of infants are born with fetal grave's. ...Read more

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Does having graves' disease reduce the risk of me becoming pregnant? I've been trying for over a year and still no luck.

Does having graves' disease reduce the risk of me becoming pregnant? I've been trying for over a year and still no luck.

It could affect: That , u need to make sure it is under control and u may need help with ovulation, so your obgyn should be working closely with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the effects of graves disease on pregnancy?

Several: The antibodies can cross the placenta and cause thyroid problems in the baby. Also if you are not well controlled your pulse can be elevated, you nausea can be worse. ...Read more

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How is graves' disease typically managed during pregnancy?

How is graves' disease typically managed during pregnancy?

Medications: During pregnancy, radioactive iodine is not an option, and medications such as ptu (propylthiouracil) and Methimazole can be used. Ptu (propylthiouracil) is preferred, especially during the first trimester as there is lesser risk of causing harm to the baby's development. Very mild hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can be followed without any treatment. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me anything about graves disease in pregnancy?

Yes: You need to see a thyroidologist. Look for one through the doctor find of the american thyroid association. ...Read more

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My boyfriend and i want a baby, would it be safe to get pregnant while i'm suffering from graves' disease?

My boyfriend and i want a baby, would it be safe to get pregnant while i'm suffering from graves' disease?

Graves pregnancy: The graves hyperthyroidism can be controlled, but once you become pregnant, then the use of drugs becomes more difficult. Talk to your endocrinologist. One strategy would be to ablate your thyroid with radioactive iodine, or surgically remove the thyroid, prior to pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a person with graves disease take ptu (propylthiouracil) when pregnant?

Yes: Ptu (propylthiouracil) is considered the treatment of choice during pregnancy for graves, if your endocrinologist believes treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I have graves' disease and want to have a baby. What should I know before I try to become pregnant?

It's complicated: The most common treatment for graves' with radioactive iodine requires that you not become pregnant for 6-12 months afterwards to prevent harm to the baby. Once a person is well established on thyroid hormone, a pregnancy should not be any more difficult than usual. Anyone taking thyroid hormone who becomes pregnant should speak with their doctor about a dose change. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with graves' disease at 16, became pregnant and now I have a hypo thyroid , do I still have graves? Will i change back to hyper?

Treatment?: You failed to mention if you had received treatment for your overactive thyroid. Was the graves' disease confirmed by a specific blood test, or just a clinical diagnosis by your doctor. If you truly had graves' disease, you still have it, but it may have been treated or in remission. Hyperthyroidism can return at a later date, but the longer you go the less likely it becomes. ...Read more

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Can graves disease cause false positive pregnancy test?

NO: While thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and a portionof the pregnancy hormone (beta hcg) share some common components, graves disease wil lnot cause a fasle positive pregnancy test. It works in the revers fashion- bhcg can stimulate the thyroid. ...Read more

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I have graves disease can that cause a positive pregnancy test at home?

I have graves disease can that cause a positive pregnancy test at home?

Probably not: There are many reasons why a pregnancy test may be a false positive (i.e. Positive test but not pregnant), but thyroid abnormalites is not listed among them. The hormone disorder of graves is very different from the measurement of hcg, the pregnancy hormone. ...Read more

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I have graves disease can that make a false positive on an at home pregnancy test?

I have graves disease can that make a false positive on an at home pregnancy test?

NO: While thyroid stimulating homrone (TSH) and the pregnancy hormone (beta hcg) share some common compenents, it will not cause a false preganncy test, either through a urine/home pregnancy test or a blood test. It usually happens in the reverse- bhcg can sometimes stimiuate the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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What to do if I have graves disease and I am going to get radiation iodine therapy soon when can I get pregnant?

What to do if I have graves disease and I am going to get radiation iodine therapy soon when can I get pregnant?

6-12 months : Wait at least 6 months, preferably a year. You not only want the radiation gone, you want your thyroid hormone levels normal before you conceive. ...Read more

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I am pregnant again 5 months after giving birth to my daughter by csection, will all be ok? Also have graves disease how will this effect me?

I am pregnant again 5 months after giving birth to my daughter by csection, will all be ok? Also have graves disease how will this effect me?

Pregnancy: You should be ok with your pregnancy, although, it will take its toll given that you've not fully recovered from your previous pregnancy. Graves' disease definitely must be treated, otherwise, it may affect your pregnancy negative by affecting your heart, eyes, and other organs. In some instances miscarriages have been attributed to it as well. ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner
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Graves' Disease (Definition)

An immune-system disorder of the butterfly-shaped gland in the throat (the thyroid) and the most common cause of hyperthyroidism (overactivity ...Read more