Thyroid Services

Cache Valley Ear Nose and Throat treats both surgical and non surgical conditions of the thyroid.

Thyroid problems that may require surgery include: thyroid cancers, large goiters that affect swallowing and breathing, occasionally the treatment of Grave's disease (a common cause of hyperthyroidism).

Non surgical thyroid conditions include hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone for the body's need.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the body produces too much thyroid hormone for the body's requirements.

Most of these conditions are going to be life long problems which require follow up once or twice a year to be managed correctly.

What To Expect At Our Office

Patients that have hypothyroidism are evaluated with blood tests to make the diagnosis. Treatment is for hypothyroidism is thyroid replacement hormones.

Patients that have hyperthyroidism undergo blood tests and occasionally a thyroid scan. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Grave's disease. Grave's disease is an autoimmune disease that stimulates the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormones.

Treatments for Grave's disease include medications to suppress thyroid hormone production, radioactive iodine to destroy the thyroid or surgery to remove the thyroid (total thyroidectomy). Once someone develops Grave's they require lifelong help in managing their thyroid problem.

Thyroid nodules are evaluated with an ultrasound and sometimes a needle biopsy. Patients with a strong family history of thyroid cancer or a biopsy suggestive of a thyroid cancer are taken to surgery for treatment and definitive diagnosis of their nodules. If cancer is diagnosed additional surgery (rare) and treatment with radioactive iodine maybe given. The cure rate (survival) for patient's papillary and follicular carcinoma is high.