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Tip of The Week- Hyperthyroidism

This condition is also referred to as “overactive thyroid”. Judging by the name itself, there is an oversecretion of thyroid hormones (specifically T4 and T3) which controls metabolic processes in the body. It can be caused by a number of conditions like Grave’s disease, thyroiditis, and taking in too much iodine.

Since there is overproduction of hormones responsible for metabolism, symptoms of hyperthyroidism would be sweating, tremors, tachycardia, heat intolerance, irritability, goiter, loose bowels and irregular or no menstruation. To make things easier to remember, take note that everything increases except for menstruation.

Treatment modalities antithyroid medications, radioactive iodine, and thyroidectomy. If removal of the thyroid is done, nurses should inform the patient that they are to take thyroid hormone replacement pills for life.

NIH Medline on Hyperthyroidism

eMedicine Endocrinology: Hyperthyroidism

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Info Service


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