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What is hyperthyroidism?

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The hyperthyroidism is a result of excessive thyroid function due to high thyroid (overactive thyroid), which is manifested by a group of symptoms of high metabolism, such as tremor, weight loss but with good appetite, sweating and heat intolerance, heart palpitations, restlessness, hyperactivity, irritability, muscle weakness.

Other hyperthyroidism symptoms: diffuse-symmetrical enlarged thyroid, no thyroid pain; purpura, anemia, osteoporosis, reduced menstruation or amenorrhea/ impotence.

Hyperthyroidism causes

High thyroid (overactive thyroid) releases excessive thyroid hormone, which is the direct cause to lead to hyperthyroidism. A variety of diseases can trigger this condition. These diseases including:

  • Graves disease: the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. In addition to the above-mentioned symptoms, a graves disease may be also characterized by bulging eye (25%~50%), lower extremity edema (5%), or bone enlargement of extremity.
  • Toxic multi-nodular goiter;
  • Toxic thyroid adenoma;
  • Functioning thyroid cancer;
  • Iodine-related hyperthyroidism;
  • Genetic and gene mutation;
  • Pituitary related hyperthyroidism;
  • Pituitary gland problems: some pituitary adenomas, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) hyperplasia, TH resistance;
  • Struma ovarii: a teratoid ovarian tumor composed of thyroid tissue, may induce a hyperthyroidism;
  • Transient hyperthyroidism caused by subacute thyroiditis;
  • Hyperthyroidism during pregnancy.

Diagnosis: Hyperthyroidism diagnosis according to the blood test for elevated T3, T4 (normal sometimes), FT3, FT4; TSH tesing; TRH stimulation test; elevated thyroid I-131 uptake rate; Some antibody test; imaging studies for thyroid radioactive iodine uptake and scan, ultrasound examination, CT or MR scan.

Hyperthyroidism treatment: Hyperthyroidism treatments depend on the causative disease and its severity, patients' ages, clinical situation, and the patients' desires.

Treatments including:

  • Providing anti-thyroid drugs;
  • Radioiodine treatment;
  • Thyroid surgical resection (not applicable to all patients and your doctor will tell you the surgical contraindications);
  • Prevention and treatment of thyroid storm (thyroid crisis, a life-threatening condition - severe hyperthyroidism, in advanced stage);
  • Prevention and treatment of invasive bulging eye;
  • Treatment of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy;
  • Prevention and treatment for lower extremity edema.

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Latest Updates: 2014-08-02