Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism.
Although the effects can be unpleasant or...
Look at and feel the thyroid gland at the front
of your neck.
Listen to your thyroid gland. If you have
Graves' disease, you may have more blood than normal
flowing through your thyroid gland. Your doctor can hear this extra blood flow
by listening through a stethoscope.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
November 4, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 04, 2011
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