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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Board Certified, Endocrinology
47 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: thyroid gland removal?

Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Board Certified, Endocrinology
47 years in practice
3M people helped
What is the definition or description of: thyroid gland removal?

Surgical procedure: To remove thyroid gland in lower part of front of neck. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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22 years in practice
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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Board Certified, Endocrinology
28 years in practice
132K people helped
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Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Board Certified, Endocrinology
28 years in practice
132K people helped
Any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. John Chastain
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
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Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

Dr. John Chastain
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
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Can you tell me about thyroid gland removal and its side effects?

Complicated....: More than can be explained in 400 characters. Talk to a good surgeon. Most who have partial thyroidectomy don't need thyroid replacement. All who have total thyroidectomy need long term hormone replacement. Risk of parathyroid issues with total; this requires long term calcium replacement. Managed carefully, most folks don't have too much difficulty regulating their postop hormone issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Board Certified, Psychiatry
53 years in practice
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Can a low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness in a person who had undergone thyroid gland removal?

Dr. Aaron Ament
Board Certified, Psychiatry
53 years in practice
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Can a low iodine diet cause extreme tiredness in a person who had undergone thyroid gland removal?

THYROID: Check thyroid and TSH blood levels and be sure you're getting enough medication, does your dr know youre tired? Dr & patient are a team. Patient's job is to keep dr informed and follow the best recommended path. Keep up your side of the team! ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Philip Kern
Board Certified, Endocrinology
38 years in practice
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Can the thyroid gland grow back after a partial removal?

Dr. Philip Kern
Board Certified, Endocrinology
38 years in practice
2M people helped
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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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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No removal of thyroid gland suggested by my doc except 1tab thyroxine .5mg daily. Which z giving me side effects now after taking 4 a year

Thyroid: You don't normally remove the thyroid if it is underactive, you replace it with thyroxine, not sure what is your thyroid problem, and what are your side effects, but you need to discuss them with your doctor. An endocrinologist will be best equipped to treat your condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Where does thyroid gland locate at in our body?

Dr. Jack Hinkle
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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What are the normal measurements of thyroid gland?

Dr. Laura Cozzarelli
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
210K people helped
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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Dr. Philip Kern
Board Certified, Endocrinology
38 years in practice
2M people helped
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Could you tell me what happens if my thyroid gland has being removed?

Dr. Philip Kern
Board Certified, Endocrinology
38 years in practice
2M people helped

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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Dr. Leroy Fleischer
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
169K people helped
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What is the function of a thyroid gland?

Dr. Leroy Fleischer
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
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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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