Graves' Disease Causes Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that leads to a generalized overactivity of the thyroid gland. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism and is named after an Irish Physician, Robert J. Graves MD, circa 1830s. He first described this form of hyperthyroidism. It is 7-8 times more common in women than men. Graves' disease occurs when your own … [Read more...] about What is Graves’ Disease and How is it Treated?
Treatment for a Parathyroid Adenoma with Parathyroidectomy You can ask any medical authority about the condition known as parathyroid disease or hyperparathyroidism (they are usually one and the same), and what you will discover is that most would recommend the removal of the affected parathyroid gland. The human body has four of these glands located behind the thyroid gland. … [Read more...] about Treatment for a Parathyroid Adenoma with Parathyroidectomy
By Ashleigh Elkins This article discusses the management of patients who have atypical thyroid nodules. Thyroid nodules are quite common in the general population. Thyroid nodules may be detected because some people feel a lump in their neck or throat, whilst in other people there are no symptoms and the nodule is found incidentally on ultrasound examination. Thyroid … [Read more...] about Management of Atypical Thyroid Nodules
By Ashleigh Elkins Background A thyroglossal duct cyst is a congenital abnormality that results from a persistent thyroglossal duct. Thyroglossal cysts present as a neck swelling, generally in the midline or slightly to one side. They are generally smooth and painless. However, thyroglossal cysts are prone to infection and an infected cyst will often be quite painful. Some … [Read more...] about Sistrunk Procedure for Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
By Ashleigh Elkins Thyroidectomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure which involves the removal of the thyroid gland. Historically, thyroidectomy has been performed as an open procedure with an incision in the anterior neck, which is usually longer than 6 centimetres. The open procedure provides the surgeon with good visualisation and exposure of the thyroid gland … [Read more...] about Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery
What is Graves Disease? Anyone with immune malfunction is already aware of the fact that they are likely to develop a few conditions rather than just the one that led to their initial diagnosis, and particularly if they have autoimmune issues. As an example, the patient diagnosed with hyperthyroidism may learn that they also have the condition known as Graves' disease. The … [Read more...] about What is Graves Disease?
Waking up following thyroid surgery can be a shock for patients who do not know what to expect. If you are properly prepared for what is to come, it will make the process easier and less scary. You will have some bruising around the incision and the area may swell within the first several days after thyroid surgery. The scar that remains will be permanent, and may fade over … [Read more...] about What to Expect After Thyroid Surgery
Are you scheduled to undergo thyroid removal surgery? Are you wondering what to expect? Are you still unclear exactly what this procedure is about and why you need it? Here’s a little information to help you prepare for the operation. Technically this kind of surgery is called a thyroidectomy. It’s a routine operation with a high success rate. While some complications are … [Read more...] about Thyroid Removal Surgery: What You Need to Know
Everyone who needs surgery wants to know all the possible outcomes. You may have spoken with your doctor, and you already have some idea of what to expect from your parathyroidectomy. However, it is common for individuals to listen to horror stories or Google scenarios. What is important to note is that “worst case scenarios” are also “rare.” Below are some scenarios that you … [Read more...] about Risks and potential complications of parathyroidectomy
Time for Parathyroid Surgery Although the parathyroid glands are located on the thyroid gland, they actually produce very different hormones that control very different functions in the body. While the thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism, the parathyroid glands control the exchange of calcium between the blood and the bones. To function, your body needs calcium … [Read more...] about Is It Time for Parathyroid Surgery