- Q How does treatment for hyperthyroidism lead to hypothyroidism?
With hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Treatments often involve destroying or removing the thyroid gland. Once the thyroid is damaged or removed, there is too little thyroid hormone in the body. This results in... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for congenital hypothyroidism?
The best treatment for congenital hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone, prescribed by a doctor, rather than any kind of alternative treatment. The hormone can be produced synthetically, or it can be produced using pigs' thyroid glands. Your child will need... Full Answer
- Q How does a TSH test help both diagnose and treat hypothyroidism?
If someone may have hypothyroidism, a healthcare professional will order a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) blood test. If TSH levels are higher than normal, a diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be made. Hypothyroidism is treated with synthetic thyroid... Full Answer
- Q Can hypothyroidism cause high blood pressure?
Dr. Deborah Neiman, Internal MedicineHypothyroidism refers to a condition that is caused by an underactive, or low functioning, thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a hormone gland that secretes hormones that control the metabolism of the body - essentially the motor of your body. If you... Full Answer
- Q How is hypothyroidism harmful?
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative MedicineHypothyroidism can be undiagnosed. Some costs of missing hypothyroidism include: 1. Over 30,000 preventable deaths occur each year from heart attacks. Women with untreated hypothyroidism are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack. 2.... Full Answer
- Q Can complications from congenital hypothyroidism be reversed?
Congenital hypothyroidism can cause mental retardation and stunt physical growth if it is not treated early. These complications cannot be reversed. Be sure your infant is tested for congenital hypothyroidism shortly after birth. If the condition is... Full Answer
- Q Do children grow out of congenital hypothyroidism?
If your child is born with congenital hypothyroidism, he or she will not grow out of the disease. Congenital hypothyroidism affects someone for his or her entire life. Your child will need to take thyroid hormone medication from infancy through adulthood... Full Answer
- Q When should my child be tested for congenital hypothyroidism?
Your child should be tested for congenital hypothyroidism shortly after birth. Even if your baby does not yet exhibit any symptoms of the illness, an early test is important so that treatment can begin before hypothyroidism affects your child's growth.... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect congenital hypothyroidism?
Some illnesses that affect a mother during pregnancy could cause her fetus to be born with congenital hypothyroidism. If you have thyroid cancer while you are pregnant, discuss with your doctor how treatment options could affect your pregnancy. Treating... Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence for congenital hypothyroidism?
Congenital hypothyroidism is not common. Only 1 in about 3,000 people have this condition. Congenital hypothyroidism is seen more frequently in girls than in boys. Full Answer