About the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that sits in the neck on top of the wind pipe (trachea). A healthy thyroid creates the hormone that is responsible for your body’s metabolism.

Disorders of the thyroid fall under two main categories: functional disorders and growth disorders. Functional disorders are related to thyroid hormone production. If the thyroid is making too little hormone, this is known as hypothyroidism. If the thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone, this is known as hyperthyroidism. Growth disorders including Thyroid Cancer occur when nodules appear within the thyroid and cause problems in a variety of ways.

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