Thyroid Medicine

A

thyroid medicine specialist

or

endocrinologist

deals with disorders of the thyroid. Thyroid disorders can include an overactive gland, called

hyperthyroidism

, or an underactive gland, called

hypothyroidism

. Both can result in an enlarged thyroid gland. A

thyroid nodule

is a small swelling or lump in the thyroid gland. Sometimes surgery is required to remove the thyroid. Surgeries are performed by a

head and neck surgeon

or

otolaryngologist

. Sometimes the thyroid is fully or partially removed for cancer treatment or enlargement of the gland. This procedure is called a

thyroidectomy

. After removal the patient is on thyroid replacement medication for life.

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