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What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

What distinguishes hypothyroidism from thyroid disease?

Various: You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor. Hypothyroidism is only one form of thyroid disorder. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Difference between hypothyroidism from thyroid and hypothyroidism caused by insufficient pituitary. what lab tests can help differentiate?

Difference between hypothyroidism from thyroid and hypothyroidism caused by insufficient pituitary. what lab tests can help differentiate?

TSH level: If thyroid is underactive, TSH will be elevated. If TSH is low but thyroid hormones are low, suspect pituitary issue. Other pituitary hormones will be hypoactive as well, for example Gonadotropins (FSH, LH) and ACTH. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency ?

What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency ?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies that the immune system is attacking the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Primary adrenal insufficiency doesn't have to be autoimmune, however. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...Read more

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What's the difference between primary and secondary addison's disease?

What's the difference between primary and secondary addison's disease?

1ry starts in gland: Primary addison's originates in the adrenal gland for diverse reasons, autoimmune (self destruction by auto antibodies) or after an infection (e.G tb), invasion by cancer or hemorrhage into the gland, while in the secondary type the gland itself is healthy but the pituitary gland (the maestro of endocrine glands) isn't working so other endocrine glands won't function probably. ...Read more

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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex makes lots of hormones. Very important are cortisol and aldosterone which help maintain life and salt balance. Addison's disease is caused by adrenal cortex damage rendering it unable to make these hormones anymore, mostly autoimmune cause in us. Patients often have a bronzed look. Hydrocortisone replacement is a lifesaving necessity. Fludrocortisone may also become necessary. ...Read more

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What type of thyroid disease would cause an individual to toggle between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism symptoms?

What type of thyroid disease would cause an individual to toggle between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism symptoms?

Breakdown of: thyroid that releases thyroid hormone as the gland is being destroyed in the long term. This is called Graves disease. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/925147-overview#a5 a good source of information on this. ...Read more

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Is there a way to distinguish between infectious versus autoimmune causes of lymphocytic hypophysitis? Can infectious cause result in isolated acth deficiency with low prl and tsh, normal lh, fsh, gh?

Is there a way to distinguish between infectious versus autoimmune causes of lymphocytic hypophysitis? Can infectious cause result in isolated acth deficiency with low prl and tsh, normal lh, fsh, gh?

Rare: Please seek endocrine evaluation. Anti pituitary antibodies are not commercially avaiable (yet). Histiocytosis and TB in addition to other infiltrative diseases can affect pituitary function. ...Read more

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Cretinism or myxoedema/severe hypothyroidism? What is (are) the difference(s)?

Cretinism or myxoedema/severe hypothyroidism?   What is (are) the difference(s)?

Age: Cretinism is the developmental problem in bones and tissues in children with hypothyroidism. Severe or prolonged hypothyroidism in older people causes edema or swelling in all places including the tissues retaining fluid and even the heart and can lead to cardiomyopathy or coma. ...Read more

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What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

What does the diagnosis "hyperthyroidism secondary to graves' disease" mean in layman's terms?

See below.: It means graves' disease is the cause of your hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism just means you have too much thyroid hormone. There can be several reasons for that; graves' is one of the common ones. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

Old term vs new: Cretinism is a term used before testing helped sort out many of the causes of mental retardation that affected infants and children. It was broadly applied to many with profound retardation and developmental delay. Many were found to have congenital hypothyroidism, some down syndrome or other problems.For many it became jargon for profoundly retarded. The term cretin is rarely used today. ...Read more

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How is hashimoto's thyroiditis different from grave's disease?

How is hashimoto's thyroiditis different from grave's disease?

Thyroid Levels: Hashimoto's and and graves' disease are both caused by autoimmunity (where antibodies attack one's own proteins). Hashimoto's more often results in low thyroid hormone levels. Where graves' disease almost always results in high thyroid hormone levels. ...Read more

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How does sarcoidosis differ from prolactinoma?

How does sarcoidosis differ from prolactinoma?

Almost not: Sarcoidosis is a systemic problem in which the body forms inflammatory granules in a variety of organs. A prolactinoma is a tumor leading to excess production of the hormone prolactin. A few conditions have both problems, but it's rather rare. ...Read more

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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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What is the difference between primary and secondary hypoadrenalism?

What is the difference between primary and secondary hypoadrenalism?

Adrenal vs Pituitary: Primary adrenal insufficiency (ai) is when the part of the adrenal glands which make cortisol is damaged so that cortisol is not produced in sufficient amount. Acth from the pituitary gland is high. Skin bronzing may be seen. Secondary ai occurs when the pituitary gland isn't able to produce enough acth to signal the adrenals to make cortisol. Therefore, both acth and cortisol levels are low. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is congenital hypothyroidism?

What sort of disease is congenital hypothyroidism?

Hormone deficiency: Mutation in the genes needed for making thyroid hormone can result in deficiency of the hormone even in the uterus. The disease interferes with normal development, including that of the brain and the newborn may be a cretin. ...Read more

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What's the primary cause of hypothyroidism?

What's the primary cause of hypothyroidism?

Several: But the most common is thyroid inflammation which damages the thyroid's ability to make sufficient hormone. Luckily, it's easy to diagnose and treat with brand name T4 replacement and it's like you never had a problem in the first place. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me what tests should a patient suffering from grade 3 fatty liver undergo just as precaution from other diseases?

Please tell me what tests should a patient suffering from grade 3 fatty liver undergo just as precaution from other diseases?

With inc.size-Biopsy: Higher liver enzymes than before. Worse Ultrasound liver. If diabetic and obese may lead to cirrhosis- dangerous. Biopsy lliver if needed. ...Read more

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What is secondary hypothyroidism?

What is secondary hypothyroidism?

Unstimulated thyroid: Hypothyroidism describes a situation in which the thyroid gland doesn't produce normal amounts of thyroid hormone (t4). In primary hypothyroidism, the thyroid can't make enough thyroid hormone. T4 levels are low, and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is high. In secondary hypothyroidism, the thyroid can work normally, but due to low levels of tsh, doesn't (t4 & TSH levels both low or low-normal). ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Mathews
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Panhypopituitarism (Definition)

Panhypopituitarism = condition with lack of or decreased production ...Read more