Learn about Hyperthyroidism and Thyroidectomy Video

Shawn Ciecko MD -Otolaryngologist of the Medical School at University of Buffalo, Resident in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center, ENTandAllergy Associate.
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Interviewer: Hypothyroidism is not so difficult to treat. Hyperthyroidism is extremely difficult to treat. Sometimes they get these drugs that suppress this a little bit; sometimes they have to give an isotope to destroy it because low-active thyroid is easy to treat than over active thyroid. Do you ever get to a situation when an over active thyroid has to go in surgery? Dr. Shawn Ciecko: There is. There is an indication for treatment of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroids surgically. And specifically if radio iodine which is the therapy they use to destroy the gland or if drugs like PTU and Methymazole which are used to suppress the thyroid hormone, if those fail and the patient continues to be hyperthyroid or high thyroid level then surgery can be considered. We also consider it in situations where medications like radioiodine cannot be used for instance in a rare situation where you may have a pregnant female that has overactive thyroid gland. That’s putting risk to the mother and baby and these are some of the indications.

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