Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces insufficient amount of hormone thyroxine.
Iodine deficiency is the main cause of hypothyroidism. However, it can also be caused due to inflammation of the thyroid gland, pituitary or hypothalamic disease or certain medications.
Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to maintain the body's metabolism, people with hypothyroidism will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. The symptoms of are subtle and non-specific.
Blood tests measuring the T3, T4 and TSH levels can help confirm the diagnosis of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism can be easily and completely treated with thyroid hormone replacement.
Overproduction of thyroid hormone leads to hyperthyroidism.
Latest Publications and Research on Hypothyroidism
- Prevalence of endocrine complications in transfusion dependent thalassemia in Hospital Pulau Pinang: A pilot study. - Published by PubMed
- Levothyroxine treatment and cholesterol in hypothyroidism. - Published by PubMed
- Transthyretin-Binding Activity of Complex Mixtures Representing the Composition of Thyroid-Hormone Disrupting Contaminants in House Dust and Human Serum. - Published by PubMed
- Fungal infection in a post-renal transplant patient with Diaporthe. - Published by PubMed
- Cognitive function in children with idiopathic subclinical hypothyroidism: effects of two years of levothyroxine therapy. - Published by PubMed