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Thyroid Gland (Overview)

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 located in the neck.


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What does the thyroid gland do?

What does the thyroid gland do?

Endocrine Gland: 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 located in the neck.
It also controls body's temperature ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Overview)

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 located in the neck.


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How can a thyroid gland grow back?

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

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Thyroid gland (Tip)

Imaintain treatment and to follow with your doc on a regular basis to prevent thyroid storm. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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What does a lumpy thyroid gland mean?

What does a lumpy thyroid gland mean?

Can mean many things: A lumpy thyroid gland may have a nodule or nodules that can either be benign or cancer. Frequently when you have multiple lumps in the thyroid it is due to what is known as a multinodular goiter, which is benign, that is not cancer. However, the usual approach is to get an ultrasound of the thyroid and evaluate the nodule or nodules. A biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the function of a thyroid gland?

What is the function of a thyroid gland?

Controls metabolism: The thyroid gland controls your body's metabolism. An under-active thyroid can cause weight gain, for instance. Your doctor can order simple blood tests to check on your thyroid. ...Read more

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How to make your thyroid gland work again?

How to make your thyroid gland work again?

Thyroid: If thyroid gland is not functioning properly and not secreting enough or secreting excessive hormones then you can given medications to help. Please consult your GP. ...Read more

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What happens when a thyroid gland grows back?

Why was it removed?: You need to address the issue of why it was removed in the first place. Was it hyperthyroid? Nodules? Cancer? There are lots of issues and it is best you sort this out with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Where does thyroid gland locate at in our body?

Where does thyroid gland locate at in our body?

The lower neck.: The bulk of the thyroid gland lies on both sides of your wind-pipe in your neck. This area is just above the bony notch at the top of your breast bone. There is a small bridge of tissue that connects the two lobes. Normally you cannot see or feel this gland. See a doctor if this area is puffy, feel like you have something in your throat, or there is a tenderness or fulness in this area. ...Read more

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Typical symptoms of under-active thyroid gland?

Typical symptoms of under-active thyroid gland?

See below: Visit this site for info on this topic: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/symptoms-causes/syc-20350284
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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What will happen if the thyroid gland is removed?

What will happen if the thyroid gland is removed?

Thyroidectomy: If all/most of the gland is removed, you will become hypothyroid, which is easily treated with levothyroxine, and you will feel fine. Potential complications of surgery is removal of the parathyroids, or damage to the nerve to the vocal cords, but this is uncommon when performed by a surgeon who does this procedure regularly. ...Read more

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What does grossly homogeneous thyroid gland mean?

What does grossly homogeneous thyroid gland mean?

No nodules: No lumps or bumps. Sort of filler-language to reassure. Most thyroids are grossly homogeneous. ...Read more

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What is homogeneous enlargement of thyroid gland?

Your thyroid: Has enlarged without the formation of nodules or fluid-filled cysts. This can usually be halted with appropriate amounts of brand name T4 replacement if indicated. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the normal measurements of thyroid gland?

Everyone differs: There are standard ranges of normal, but many, many patients feel better when they're treated not by the numbers, but by their symptoms. Google "stop the thyroid madness" for more info. Weird name, helpful site. ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as pain in the thyroid gland?

Can there be such a thing as pain in the thyroid gland?

Yes: There are acute and sub acute thyroid iris that can cause pain. It is usually self limited and gets better with time. Non steroidal antoinflammatory mess are most commonly used. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid gland?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid gland?

Endocrine Gland: 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 located in the neck. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid gland grow back after a partial removal?

Can the thyroid gland grow back after a partial removal?

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

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Why does thyroid gland start functioning less in our body?

Why does thyroid gland start functioning less in our body?

Underactive thyroid: There are different causes for it but hashimoto's thyroid disease (autoimmune) is the most common one. It runs in the family. It needs to be diagnosed and treated if you are trying to conceive or during pregnancy. It can be diagnosed on a blood test. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my thyroid gland be affecting my weight?

Is it possible for my thyroid gland be affecting my weight?

Hypothyroid?: The master gland can influence metabolism, mood and other systems. Wise to have a full physical-do request thyroid function studies. Prior to the physical one is wise to keep a daily diary of mood/ weight/ daily activities including all meal+ choices to gain insight into the mystery of the scale. ...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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Can you guys tell me how big is the thyroid gland in grams and cm?

Estimate: The normal thyroid weighs about 20-30 grams. It is about 4cm x3cm, and 1-3cm thick. This is highly variable from one person to another. ...Read more

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Why thyroid gland is unique? Please I need the answer as soon as...

Thyroid: Please go online and look up all the information you need to see if your thyroid is or is not abnormal. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if my thyroid gland has being removed?

Need levothyroxine: You need to replace thyroid hormone with levothyroxine. The dose varies, but it is relatively easy to adjust and it should not affect your other life functions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of defects in thyroid gland function in adults?

What are the symptoms of defects in thyroid gland function in adults?

Hypothyroidism?: Symptoms may include:
fatigue
increased sensitivity to cold
constipation
dry skin
unexplained weight gain
puffy face
hoarseness
muscle weakness
elevated blood cholesterol level
muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
thinning hair
slowed heart rate
depression
impaired memory. ...Read more

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I'm overemotional at times. Is it the thyroid gland or something else?

I'm overemotional at times. Is it the thyroid gland or something else?

Over emotional: Yes, this can result from thyroid disorders but there are very many conditions and situations that can result in emotional issues. You should have your PCP to refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I was born without a thyroid gland how does this affect me?

What to do if I was born without a thyroid gland how does this affect me?

You need replavement: If you were born without thyroid gland or had thyroid hormone deficiency at birth, that's can be corrected by giving you thyroid hormone and monitoring your blood levels of t4, t3, (liothyronine) and TSH and titrating the dose as you get older and you can live a normal life with maitainance dose of thyroid hormone all your life. ...Read more

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Could you tell me the pros and cons of having your thyroid gland removed?

It depends: The cons are your thyroid level will drop and you will need life-long replacement with brand name t4. You also have the risks of surgery. The pros depend upon the medical indications that you need the surgery. This should be discussed in detail with your endocrinologist and your potential surgeon before making a decision. ...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?

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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If my thyroid gland was taken out 44 years ago, never took meds, do I have to start taking them now?

Check blood levels: You had your thyroid removed at age 2? That is unusual. If you have gone all these years without thyroid meds it may be because substantial thyroid tissue was left behind. Your need for thyroid meds will depend on your thyroid blood levels. If normal, you are fine. ...Read more

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Can you provide at least one analogy and any other means of explanation you can think of: thyroid gland?

Thyroid: Sounds like a trick question. The thyroid si an essential gland that produces hormones responsible for proper metabolism, energy and calcium metabolism. An absence of these are fatal without replacement. ...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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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

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If the thyroid gland is functioning properly, what is that called?

Euthyroid: Euthyroid. Eu- as a prefix generally means "normal". ...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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How is calcitonin found in the thyroid gland?

How is calcitonin found in the thyroid gland?

Adjacent: Parafollicular cells manufacture calcitonin. They are adjacent to follicular cells and not actually part of the thyroid gland. Parathyroid glands are also located on the thyroid gland but aren't part of the thyroid. Parathyroid hormone and calcitonin help regulate calcium balance in the body. ...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