General/Overviews

Diagnosis/Symptoms

Specific Thyroid Conditions

Treatments

Seniors

Teenagers

Women

Organizations

 

GENERAL/OVERVIEWS

The thyroid gland is located in the base of the neck on both sides of the lower part of the voice box (larynx) and upper part of the wind pipe (trachea). The thyroid produces chemicals (hormones) that help the body control metabolism. Thyroid hormone is also produced in response to another hormone secreted by the pituitary gland.

  • There are four main types of thyroid disease:
  • Hyperthyroidism -- too much thyroid hormone
  • Hypothyroidism -- too little thyroid hormone
  • Benign (non-cancerous) thyroid disease
  • Thyroid cancer
 
 
DIAGNOSIS/SYMPTOMS
 
SPECIFIC THYROID CONDITIONS
 
TREATMENTS

 

  • Antithyroid Drugs (UpToDate):  A description of various thyroid drug therapies for hyperthyroidism( overactive thyroid) and complications.
  • Thyroid Hormone Treatment:  (American Thyroid Association) - :: description of various thyroid hormone treatments for a underactive thyroid.
  • Thyroid Surgery:  (Patient Education Institute) - Requires Flash Player – Information about about thyroid surgery.
  • Radioiodine Therapy:  (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) - Description of use of oral radioactive iodine treatment( available at Slocum Dickson).
 
SENIORS

 

TEENAGERS
WOMEN

 

  • Postpartum Thyroiditis:  (American Thyroid Association) : Description of a painless thyroid condition following pregnancy which can cause fatigue and depression.
  • Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy:  (American Thyroid Association) : Description of thyroid diseases and treatments that can occur during pregnancy.
  • Thyroid Facts:  (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) 80% of people with thyroid disease are women and the incidence of thyroid disease increases with age.
 
ORGANIZATIONS