Hyperthyroidism is the term used to describe signs and symptoms caused because of the over production of the thyroid hormone. It is a common medical condition, which has several causes, however, most of the signs and symptoms a patient has are same regardless of the cause.
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The thyroid gland is present in the front part of the neck just below the Adam's apple (or the thyroid cartilage). It is a butterfly shaped gland, which has 2 lobes (the right lobe and the left lobe). The two lobes are joined by a narrow piece of tissue called isthmus.
The two different forms of thyroid hormone produced by the gland include T4 and T3. The two thyroid hormones have different number of iodine units or atoms present in the hormone. Iodine is needed for synthesis of the thyroid hormone.
In a healthy person, the thyroid gland secretes just the right amount of two thyroid hormones (T4 and T3). Thyroid hormone is an essential hormone in the body as it affects many physiological functions and regulates many aspects of metabolism in the body. Therefore, all cells in the body are affected by an increase in the thyroid hormone, which in return increases the rate at which the cells do their functions.
What causes hyperthyroidism?
There are many causes of hyperthyroidism. Some of the common causes are:
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Symptoms of hyperthyroidism
Some common signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
Treatment of hyperthyroidism
Currently available treatments for hyperthyroidism are effective in treating all common types of hyperthyroidism. Treatment is recommended based on your age, physical condition and the severity of your disorder. Treatment options for hyperthyroidism include
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