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Why is a partial thyroidectomy not a cure for hyperthyroidism?

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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Remnant is bad

Most common hyperthyroidism is grave's disease.
You need to do total or subtotal removal because the remnant can still cause problems. Surgeons used to try to remove "just the right amount" to hopefully not cause hypothyroidism. There are risks of leaving to much and then not helping the problem and a high risk of hypothyroidism anyway.

In brief: Remnant is bad

Most common hyperthyroidism is grave's disease.
You need to do total or subtotal removal because the remnant can still cause problems. Surgeons used to try to remove "just the right amount" to hopefully not cause hypothyroidism. There are risks of leaving to much and then not helping the problem and a high risk of hypothyroidism anyway.
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Dr. Michael Wolfe
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Dr. Michael Armstrong
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pituitary regulation

The thyroid gland is regulated by the pituitary gland, which secretes thyroid stimulating hormone.
A spontaneously overproducing thyroid may continue to grow and secrete if not removed completely or suppressed medically.

In brief: Pituitary regulation

The thyroid gland is regulated by the pituitary gland, which secretes thyroid stimulating hormone.
A spontaneously overproducing thyroid may continue to grow and secrete if not removed completely or suppressed medically.
Dr. Michael Armstrong
Dr. Michael Armstrong
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