Hyperthyroidism may cause the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
- Feeling hot and sweating
- Weakness and fatigue
- Weight loss
Causes of hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism can be caused by a number of problems, including:
- Graves’ disease: An immune system disorder characterized by inflamed or bulging eyes
- Postpartum thyroiditis: After having a child, women can experience temporary hyperthyroidism, which usually subsides after a few months
- Sub-acute thyroiditis: A virus that causes the thyroid to become temporarily inflamed
- Toxic adenoma: A disorder that may develop when an overactive thyroid nodule, which is a growth in the thyroid, forms
- Toxic multinodular goiter: A group of overactive nodules that can form within the thyroid gland
Treatment for hyperthyroidism
We offer several treatments for hyperthyroidism, depending on how severe it is. These treatments include:
- Antithyroid medication: These medications reduce the hormone output of an overactive thyroid.
- Radioactive iodine: This treatment shrinks and destroys an enlarged thyroid gland by making it absorb radiation embedded in iodine. Patients will need thyroid hormone replacement therapy following radioactive iodine treatment.
- Thyroidectomy: We offer several advanced surgery techniques for thyroid surgery, including minimally invasive and robot-assisted options.