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Thyroid disease - Overactive

Information on overactive thyroids
Thyroid disease - Underactive

Information on underactive thyroids
Thyroid disease - Tumours

Articles on tumours of the thyroid

thyroid cancer
- The thyroid gland produces chemicals that regulate how the body uses energy. Thyroid cancer develops in the tissue of the thyroid gland. It is not very common. Death from thyroid cancer is unusual, especially in young people. Thyroid cancer is found twice as often in women.
- Drowsiness is a state of decreased awareness or alertness associated with a desire or tendency to fall asleep.
- Fatigue is a condition in which a person becomes weary or exhausted. It is usually caused by overdoing some physical activity. It can also occur after a long period of mental stress. In some cases, it may occur for no clear reason.
- This test measures the amount of T3, which is a form of thyroid hormone, in the blood. The test is done to evaluate thyroid function, especially when a person is thought to have an overactive or underactive thyroid.
- This test measures the amount of T4, which is also called thyroxine. T4 is a form of thyroid hormone in the blood. The test is usually performed to evaluate thyroid function. The levels of thyroid hormone in the blood are important to health. Thyroid hormone controls the body's rate of basal metabolism, which is the energy needed to keep the body functioning at rest.
calcium in urine
- This test measures the amount of calcium in urine.
- Electromyography (EMG) is used to test the electrical activity of a skeletal muscle.
thyroid nodule fine needle biopsy
thyroid scan
- Itching is an irritating sensation in the skin that makes a person want to scratch.
excessive hunger
rapid heartbeat
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
thyroid function tests
- Hyperthyroidism is a disorder that is caused by elevated levels of thyroid hormone.
- Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone.
- Vitiligo is a skin disorder characterised by the development of completely white patches of skin.
- Hoarseness is a condition resulting in a rough or harsh sound to the voice.
hot flushes
- Hot flushes are the sensation of sudden flushing and sweating. This condition is felt by 75% of women going through the change of life, known as menopause. It may also affect women who have had their ovaries removed.
weight loss
- Weight loss is due to a person burning more kilojoules, or energy, than he or she takes in.
antibody titre
- This test detects and measures the amount of antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system. These antibodies are made to attack a real or imagined threat. For example, antibodies may be made in some cases to attack bacteria causing an infection. In other cases, however, antibodies may be made to attack a person's own body.
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