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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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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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What happens if one of your parathyroid glands is damaged?

What happens if one of your parathyroid glands is damaged?

Three more remaining: There are four parathyroid glands situated in the neck, behind the thyroid gland -- two on left and two on right, usually a few centimeters apart. These glands make parathyroid hormone (PTH) that control calcium and bone metabolism. Usually only 0.5 to 1 parathyroid is sufficient to make enough pth. If 3 to 3.5 glands are damaged or removed, the body can still maintain PTH and calcium control. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if your intestine is removed?

Could you tell me what happens if your intestine is removed?

Usually some left: Usually, only a portion of the intestine is removed when it is necessary. This means that the remaining intestine will compensate. If too much is removed, the patient may develop frequent loose stools and dehydration. Some patients require IV fluids or nutrition into the vein to stay alive. There are certain patients who qualify for intestine transplant which allows them to eat and drink again. ...Read more

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What happens to TSH when the thyroid gland is removed?

What happens to TSH when the thyroid gland is removed?

It Goes Up: Those who have thyroidectomies need to take thyroid hormone replacement, levothyroxine. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) comes from the pituitary and increases when thyroid hormones are below normal. Elevation in TSH often indicates hypothyroidism. Adequate levothyroxine replacement keeps the TSH level normal. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to TSH when thyroid gland is removed?

Could you tell me what happens to TSH when thyroid gland is removed?

Goes up: Tsh increases when you are hypothyroid. If enough thyroid tissue is removed to make you hypothyroid, the TSH should increase. ...Read more

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How is your thymus checked? If you have normal thyroid is that connected to thymus?

How is your thymus checked? If you have normal thyroid is that connected to thymus?

Clinically: If cellular immune system is normal the thymus has functioned. Thymus is seen radiographically in young children. After puberty can involute.The thymus is replaced by fibrofatty tissue.The thymus sometimes interacts with thymus by causing enlargement of medullary portion of thymus when in children hyperthyroidism is present. The exact mechanism is not known. ...Read more

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What happens if the dr. tells you you have liver cancer, is it certain?

What happens if the dr. tells you you have liver cancer, is it certain?

Ask why: There are rogue doctors but generally it's reliable. A radiologist can make the call, sometimes with confidence. Your physician may or may not have to get tissue to confirm that it's cancer and if so, what kind. Ask to know how the call was made & see the documentation. ...Read more

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What should you eat when you have hyper thyroidism?

What should you eat when you have hyper thyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism: There are no food that reverse hyperthyroidism or make it worse. ...Read more

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What happens if the pineal gland is removed?

What happens if the pineal gland is removed?

Pinealectomy: The pineal gland may be removed and a person can do just fine. There are complications with this procedure including visual changes and weakness. These often resolve but can be permanent. Pinealectomies are not common. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your thyroid is .1?

What does it mean if your thyroid is .1?

probably normal: If you are referring to a TSH level being 0.1, that would be normal. ...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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What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job. ...Read more

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What happens if the pericardium is removed?

What happens if the pericardium is removed?

Not much: It is unlikely that anything significant will happen. Frequently, the pericardium is left open after "open heart" surgery. The pericardium is also resected when a person develops constrictive pericarditis and the person usually does fine afterwards. ...Read more

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What happens if an ovarian polyp is not removed?

What happens if an ovarian polyp is not removed?

Analyse risk benefit: Each case has variances, so your doc will best answer this question. Basically the risk of not removing polyp includes rupture, cancer diagnosis and symptoms continue. This is is weighed against the risk of surgical removal...Never zero but low. Take a friend with you to help understand, ask questions and make your best choice. Okay to monitor, get second opinion. Be well. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a doctor refer to your thyroid gland as "tipping"?

What does it mean if a doctor refer to your thyroid gland as "tipping"?

Guessing: Hi JenniLegal23 Since the exact position of the thyroid gland isnt important for its function (it releases hormone directly into the blood stream), I'd guess that the doctor meant that the level of thyroid activity was on the edge of either too much or too little...probably too little. But as far as I know, its not a commonly used term with us general practitioners. Good luck!! ...Read more

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What will happen to TSH when thyroid gland is removed?

What will happen to TSH when thyroid gland is removed?

It goes up: If you remove your entire thyroid, there will be no thyroid hormone being produced, thus your TSH will go up. If your doctor put you on thyroid hormone replacement and the dose he/she chose is the correct dose, then TSH should stay the same/normal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it time to surgically remove the thyroid gland due to multinodular thyroid disease?

Concern for Cancer: Generally only if there is concern for a potential thyroid cancer (i.e. A nodule is enlarging on ultrasound or a needle biopsy suggests cancer). Occasionally, the thyroid is also removed if it becomes very large and is pressing on other structures (e.g. The airway), though this is rarely necessary. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?

What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?

Several: It may mean you have a pituitary tumor, or a disorder known as empty sella syndrome -- but those questions are best answered by your doctor who has seen both you and the x=rays. ...Read more

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What is the cause to have goiter if the blood work is normal for thyroid?

What is the cause to have goiter if the blood work is normal for thyroid?

Familial/autoimmune: Iodine deficiency is very rare in the us. Most goiters are either familial, or due to underlying autoimmune thyroid disease. Goiter simply means you have an enlarged thyroid. The function of the thyroid may be normal, high, or low regardless of the size. ...Read more

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Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more