Goiters and Thyroid Nodules for Parents
An enlarged thyroid gland is a lump that can be felt under the skin at the front of the neck. When it's big enough to see easily, it's called a goiter. A thyroid nodule is a lump or enlarged area in the thyroid gland.
Thyroid Tests for Parents
Thyroid blood tests check thyroid function and can help doctors diagnose thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid Disease for Parents
The thyroid gland makes the hormones that help control metabolism and growth. A thyroid that isn't working properly can cause thyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis for Parents
An underactive thyroid makes too little thyroid hormone, causing hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which causes most cases of hypothyroidism in kids and teens, is a condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid.
Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease for Parents
Hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid gland sends too much thyroid hormone into the blood. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease.
Blood Test: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies for Parents
The thyroid peroxidase antibodies test is primarily used to help diagnose and monitor autoimmune conditions involving the thyroid gland, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves disease.
Congenital Hypothyroidism for Parents
Some babies are born with a thyroid gland that didn't develop correctly or doesn't work as it should. This is called congenital hypothyroidism.
What Is the Thyroid? for Kids
Do you know just how important the thyroid is? It helps you grow and affects your energy level.
Blood Test: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) for Parents
Doctors may order TSH blood tests to diagnose and monitor treatment of a thyroid disorder or evaluate pituitary gland functioning.
Blood Test: T4 (Thyroxine) for Parents
Doctors may order the T4 blood test if symptoms suggest any kind of thyroid disorder.