What type of doctor should I see for a thyroid problem?

The most common thyroid problems can be managed by your primary care doctor. If additional specialized care is needed, your primary care doctor may send you to an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists are the specialists who focus on hormonal problems, including those involving the thyroid gland.

Endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in treating disorders of hormone-secreting glands in the body, including the thyroid gland.

Your thyroid is located at the base of your neck. It secretes thyroid hormone, which helps to regulate your metabolism.

Often your own family doctor or internist may be able to give you an initial diagnosis of thyroid disease by doing a physical exam and ordering blood tests. If you are diagnosed with a thyroid problem, your doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist to treat your condition.

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