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Thyroid Disorders; Questions to Ask.

Review the following 'Questions To Ask' about thyroid disorders so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your health care professional.

How do you plan to make a diagnosis? Will my blood be tested for thyroid hormone, TSH levels and thyroid antibodies?

If the tests come back positive for thyroid dysfunction, what are the treatment options?

Will I have thyroid dysfunction all my life, or will the treatment cure it?

What are the side effects of treatment?

Are my children at risk for thyroid disorders?

How long after treatment begins should I expect to feel better?

Do you recommend surgery for benign thyroid nodules?

What are the risks and possible complications of surgery?

How long will I need to recuperate after surgery?

When can I return to work?

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"Cancer of the Thyroid" The American Thyroid Association. http://www.thyroid.org. Accessed December 11, 2004.

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"Thyroid: U.S. Racial/Ethnic Cancer Patterns." National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov. Accessed December 11, 2004.

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"A Healthy Thyroid.You Make the Difference" AACE Thyroid Awareness Month 2005. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. http://www.aace.com. Accessed January 20, 2005.

"Hyperthyroidism." The National Institutes of Health. August 2006. http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed December 2006.

"Thyroid disease: Basic thyroid information." Georgetown Department of Medicine. http://medicine.georgetown.edu. Accessed December 2006.

"Thyroid nodules." The American Thyroid Association. 2005. http://64.233.161.104. Accessed December 2006.

"What are the risk factors for thyroid cancer?" The American Cancer Society. August 2005. http://www.cancer.org. Accessed December 2006.

"Radioactive iodine uptake." The National Institutes of Health. November 2006. http://www.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed December 2006.

"Thyroid nodule ultrasound." EndocrineWeb.com. January 2005. http://www.endocrineweb.com. Accessed December 2005.

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"My Family Health Portrait." The U.S. Surgeon General. https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/. Accessed December 2006.

"Thyroid fact sheet." The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 2005. http://www.medem.com. Accessed December 2006.

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