Having thyroid disease can affect every part of your life. Thyroid problems are common, especially in women.
At UPMC, we offer the latest tests and treatments for all thyroid conditions.
Doctors from many specialties work together to give you the best possible outcomes.
Your thyroid gland is an organ in your neck that's shaped like a butterfly. It makes hormones that control your metabolism, or how your body burns energy.
Having an underactive or overactive thyroid can affect your:
Your thyroid can also form nodules that can turn into cancer.
Thyroid cancer isn't as common as other thyroid problems. But it can be serious, especially if it spreads beyond the thyroid gland.
A thyroid nodule is an abnormal lump of cells that grows in the thyroid gland. It can be soft or filled with fluid.
Thyroid nodules are common. By age 60, half of all people have them, according to the American Thyroid Association.
Most thyroid nodules are harmless, but a small percent contain cancer cells.
Our doctors use the latest technology to diagnose and treat thyroid disease.
To diagnose thyroid problems, your doctor may use one or more of these tests:
Your treatment will depend on what type of thyroid problem you have.
To speed up your metabolism, your doctor may prescribe medicine that contains thyroid hormone.
Doctors increase the dose until your blood reaches a normal level of thyroid hormone.
You'll likely have to take this medicine for the rest of your life.
Your doctor may prescribe:
In most cases, benign thyroid nodules don’t need treatment. However, some large nodules may cause compressive symptoms like difficulty swallowing, or cosmetic concerns, or they may cause hyperthyroidism by producing excess thyroid hormone. Your doctor may recommend:
Your doctor may advise surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid. They may remove lymph nodes if the cancer has spread.
After surgery, your doctor may prescribe radioiodine therapy and/or thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
UPMC uses a team approach to thyroid care.
Your team may include:
Our doctors use advanced surgical techniques, including:
UPMC offers a unique team approach to treating thyroid disease. We align your care with some of the nation's leading experts on thyroid disease. You also have easy access to prompt testing and treatment.
In addition, we:
It can be useful to connect with others who have thyroid issues.
We can help you find support groups, including:
Contact us to make an appointment or learn more about our full range of expert care.