The thyroid gland controls the rate the body uses energy. Thyroid disorders include overactive thyroids (hyperthyroidism), underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism), thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules and goiters.
What you should know about thyroid disorders
- Thyroid disorders are usually diagnosed through blood tests. Imaging tests, thyroid scans and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy.
- Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body makes too many thyroid hormones. Symptoms can include a fast heartbeat, increased appetite, anxiety and heat sensitivity. Graves’ disease is a common form of hyperthyroidism.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
Our endocrinology specialists work with patients and their doctors to diagnose and treat thyroid disorders and offer these treatments:
- Medication therapy
- Radioiodine therapy
- Surgical referral