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WHEN THE THYROID GLAND MAKES TOO MUCH THYROID HORMONE.
Hyperthyroidism is a common condition
affects 2/1000 men (0.2%)
affects 20/1000 women (2%)
Often leads to a visual enlargement of the thyroid gland
is usually located at the front of the neck (sometimes affects animals)
Increased metabolism/heart rate
weight loss, fatigue, hyperactivity
can cause heart failure
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Thyroid treatment for the rest of eternity
medications to reduce production of thyroid hormone
surgery to remove thyroid gland tissue
choice of treatment depends on various factors
Radioiodine therapy involves swallowing radioactive iodine which collects in the overactive thyroid gland, and slows down the production of thyroid hormones.
The elevated level of thyroid hormones can result in clinical manifestations ranging from mild to severely toxic with resultant morbidity and mortality for affected patients.