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Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign thyroid diseases, the study authors said. The authors examined data from nearly 17,000 American adults who had their thyroid removed between 1998 and 2009. About half these patients had cancer, and the other half had thyroid disease. Overall, 6 percent of the patients had complications after their surgery, such as damage to voice box nerves, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, breathing or heart problems, hormone deficiency and death. Complication rates were 4 percent among patients whose surgeon ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Thyroid Disease, Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Hashimoto's Disease, Hypothyroidism - After Thyroid Removal, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroid Cancer, TSH Suppression, Goiter, Thyroid Suppression Test, Head & Neck Surgery, Graves' Disease, Thyroid Storm, Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, Myxedema Coma, Thyroid Tumor, Thyrotoxicosis, Myxedema, Thyroid Hemorrhage/Infarction

Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Even people who only have a mildly overactive thyroid gland face an elevated risk for fractures in the hips or spinal area, a new review suggests. "Subclinical hyperthyroidism" is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland produces too much of the hormones that control basic metabolism but there is a lack of symptoms, and hormone readings are normal in blood tests. Past research has shown that more pronounced cases of hyperthyroidism are associated with a raised fracture risk, the reviewers explained. But it hasn't been entirely clear whether the same holds true for milder forms of the condition. The Swiss reviewers looked at 13 past studies involving more than 70,000 patients to try to answer that question. "There have been several studies that have previously suggested an increased risk for fractures, but up until now it wasn't clear if it was a real ... Read more

Related support groups: Thyroid Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Fracture, bone, Graves' Disease, Prevention of Fractures

Thyroid Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant Women Revised

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14 – Thyroid hormone is critical for normal fetal brain development, and hormonal problems among pregnant women must be properly managed, according to the Endocrine Society, which just revised its guidelines on treating thyroid-related medical issues before, during and after pregnancy. Too much or not enough thyroid hormone can harm both women and their unborn babies, the experts said. The treatment guidelines update the 2007 version. "Pregnancy may affect the course of thyroid diseases and, conversely, thyroid diseases may affect the course of pregnancy," said lead study author Dr. Leslie de Groot, a research professor at the University of Rhode Island, in a society news release. "Pregnant women may be under the care of multiple health care professionals, including obstetricians, nurse midwives, family practitioners and endocrinologists, making the development of ... Read more

Related support groups: Hypothyroidism, Underactive Thyroid, Hyperthyroidism, Methimazole, Tapazole, Graves' Disease, Propylthiouracil, Northyx

Autoimmune Woes May Raise Risk for Lung Clots

Posted 27 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 – Patients hospitalized for autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease, may be at greater risk for a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, a clot in a main artery of the lung, a new study finds. Reporting online Nov. 25 in The Lancet, researchers warned that steps should be taken to prevent this condition among patients admitted to the hospital for autoimmune diseases. In conducting the study, researchers analyzed data on more than 500,000 patients admitted to the hospital in Sweden for one of 33 autoimmune diseases, which can also include Grave's disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and chronic rheumatic heart disease. The team, led by Dr. Bengt Zoller of Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, found the overall risk of pulmonary embolism in the 12 months following hospitalization to be six times higher for patients with autoimmune diseases than for ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Hashimoto's Disease, Pulmonary Embolism, Vasculitis, Graves' Disease, Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis, Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Polyarteritis

Coping With Graves' Disease Lasts a Lifetime

Posted 11 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8 – At first, everyone thought that Sasha Asumaa's problems were those of a typical teenage girl. The 16-year-old was always tired and had trouble sleeping. She was moody and grumpy. Teenage stuff. Except she also felt sick, like she had the flu all the time. She threw up nearly every morning before she went to school. And she had shingles. "Only old people get that," said Asumaa, now in her mid-30s and living in Marietta, Ga. "Just weird stuff." Her liver counts were so bad, she said, that doctors figured her for a drug and alcohol addict. And her heart raced so much that her heart rate would be 130 beats a minute when she was lying in bed. She was tested for mononucleosis. She was tested for laryngitis. Nothing came back positive. Then her mother urged their family doctor to test her daughter for thyroid, noting that problems with the gland ran in her family. "They ... Read more

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Drug May Be Dangerous for Kids With Graves' Disease

Posted 17 Apr 2009 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17 – A recommendation to restrict the use of the antithyroid drug (PTU) in children has been endorsed by the Endocrine Society. In a letter to the editor in the April 9 New England Journal of Medicine, two experts wrote that PTU can cause severe liver disease in children and should no longer be used as a first-line treatment for children with Graves' disease, a disorder in which the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormone than the body needs. Liver damage has not been seen in children treated with the other thionamide derivative, methimazole, noted Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, of Yale University Medical School, and Dr. Donald R. Mattison, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Endocrine Society said this week that it supports the recommendation. "Despite the relative rarity of Graves' disease in the young, children and ... Read more

Related support groups: Graves' Disease, Propylthiouracil

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