The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck. It regulates every aspect of metabolism, from heart rate, to body temperature, to burning calories. The Doctors demonstrate how the thyroid works and how problems are diagn...
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Travis Stork: Hi audience, the first I want to explain everyone where your thyroid gland is, is it lies basically in the front of your neck and take a look at this animation because your thyroid gland releases thyroid hormone and it essentially regulates almost everything in your body to some extend, your energy expenditure and in this animation you can see there are times where there is not as much thyroid hormones sometimes its too much, sometimes there is too little and when it is out of vac your body is out of vac, you feel out of vac more common in women too right Lisa. Lisa: Absolutely more common in women and usually as a primary care doctor for women its picked by an OBGYN because where we examine the thyroid and also it can affect the women's menstrual cycles. So, she can always in stop having periods or start having a lot of periods and that can be related to lower high function and will you know will typically do a screening test and check for it and we also feel for it but typically if we find anything then we shifted off to the specialist which would be like -- Travis Stork: Because there is a difference between having low thyroid levels versus high thyroid levels and what we are talking about, which is cancer, thyroid cancer. Doctor 1: Exactly and it all starts with physical examination in general fit I might be so all that I am going to come over here and typically your doctor will stand behind you like so. Doctor 2: You can and my hands drip. Doctor 1: Well I even want them I even want them up for you but the thyroid glands sits in the middle of the neck right here and it's a bi-load gland and its connected in the middle. Lisa: Like butterfly shape. Doctor 2: Then we grab it. Doctor 1: Butterfield shape. Travis Stork: Very difficult to help it too right, it's very spongy and Doctor 1: Well and that's what I want you first so number one I am looking for size, number two I am looking for are there are any masses in this thyroid gland are there any nodules or any discrete masses, number three I am looking for the consistency is it boggy which could be an inflammation infection, is it nodular which could be a goiter condition and at the same time very important you want to feel the neck at the same time to make sure that there are any lymph nodes because thyroid cancer will spread to the adjacent lymph nodes in the neck, thyroid passes. Travis Stork: Yeah. Lisa: And we always, good job.

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