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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results 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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Why is there jaundice in hypothyroidism?

Why is there jaundice in hypothyroidism?

Poor excretion: The bilirubin, the end product of old red cell breakdown and the responsible chemical for jaundice, is mostly excreted through bile. This excretion process requires glucuronide conjugation of bilirubin whose maturation is delayed in infants with hypothyroidism. Typically, affected infants experience prolonged physiologic jaundice. ...Read more

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Why jaundice in congenital hypothyroidism?

Why jaundice in congenital hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: prolonged jaundice is due to delayed maturation of the enzyme which helps in the glucorindation of bilirubin like all delayed processes this is also delayed ...Read more

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My baby has jaundice and one of the causing factors may be hypothydrosim! we are at the hospital waiting for blood work. What should I do?

Congenital Hypo-: Thyroidism is an inborn error of metabolism treated by pediatric endocrinologists with daily oral thyroid hormone supplement beginning in the 1st few mos. Of life & maintained so that the child grows well & develops typical intelligence. Attention & learning problems can still occur, so follow through with the referral to your state's early intervention program to monitor development. ...Read more

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My baby has jaundice and one of the causing factors may be hypothydrosim! we are at the hospital waiting for blood work. What should I do?

My baby has jaundice and one of the causing factors may be hypothydrosim! we are at the hospital waiting for blood work. What should I do?

Be Patient: While jaundice may be caused by hypothyroidism, the likelihood is vanishingly small. Jaundice is very common, and rarely a cause of long term problems. Relax, enjoy your new baby and wait fro recommendations from your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What can cause hypothyroidism?

What can cause hypothyroidism?

Autoimmune, surgery: The most common cause is autoimmune thyroid disease, that is, the body makes antibodies against the thyroid. Thyroid surgery can cause it too. So can radiation therapy to the neck. Meds like amiodarone and some chemo can, too. ...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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How does hypothyroidism cause siadh?

How does hypothyroidism cause siadh?

Likely complex...: Thyroid hormones have complex interactions with many parts of the whole body. Hypothyroidism can lead to hyponatremia or to both SIADH + hyponatremia. Being low in thyroid hormone can somehow lead to the release of anti-diuretic hormone from the pituitary gland, so one gets SIADH and the accompanying excess water in the body. ...Read more

Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Yellow Eyes And Skin (Definition)

Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of the breakdown of old red blood cells. Jaundice is also a ...Read more