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  • Thyroid Tests for Parents

    Thyroid blood tests check thyroid function and can help doctors diagnose thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

  • 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 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.

  • Thyroid Cancer for Parents

    Thyroid cancer is uncommon in kids. Most who develop it do very well when the cancer is found and treated early.

  • 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.