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How do treat hyperthyroidism?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Three ways
There are medications that lower the thyroid level, surgical removal of all or part of the gland, radioactive iodine.
An endocrinologist should be able to guide which method is best for a particular patient.

In brief: Three ways
There are medications that lower the thyroid level, surgical removal of all or part of the gland, radioactive iodine.
An endocrinologist should be able to guide which method is best for a particular patient.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Holly Barth
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on cause
Either the gland itself is at fault or the pituitary gland is at fault.
If the thyroid is causing the hyperthyroidism, surgical excision or chemical ablation can effectively remove the gland. There are medications that can be taken to inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis if you are not a candidate for either of these. If the pituitary gland is the source of trouble, that can be removed surgically.

In brief: Depends on cause
Either the gland itself is at fault or the pituitary gland is at fault.
If the thyroid is causing the hyperthyroidism, surgical excision or chemical ablation can effectively remove the gland. There are medications that can be taken to inhibit thyroid hormone synthesis if you are not a candidate for either of these. If the pituitary gland is the source of trouble, that can be removed surgically.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
Answer assisted by Holly Barth, Medical Student
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Dr. Richard Orr
Actually pituitary sources of hyperthyroidism are incredibly rare. The main cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease, which is probably an autoimmune issue. Occasionally, a single thyroid nodule can cause it - the treatment is surgical. For Graves, patients take medicine to control the symptoms and most are treated definitively with radioactive iodine or surgery.
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