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What Happens If Your Thyroid 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Goes up: Tsh increases when you are hypothyroid. If enough thyroid tissue is removed to make you hypothyroid, the TSH should increase. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What exactly does it mean if the doctor finds that the bone around your pituitary gland is enlarged?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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