Hyperthyroidism Treated by Expert Thyroid Doctors at Mercy

The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy is known throughout the Baltimore region for physician expertise in diagnosing and treating thyroid disorders, including hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Mercy’s expert doctors specialize in all types of thyroid disease, working with patients to determine the best treatment options for their symptoms.

About the Condition

Hyperthyroidism, also referred to as overactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid produces too much hormone. Excessive hormone from the thyroid can result in an increase in the body’s metabolic rate. Hyperthyroidism can lead to osteoporosis as well as heart, eye and skin conditions.  It is important to see an endocrinology specialist when symptoms of hyperthyroidism occur.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Hyperthyroid symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of various other health conditions and may include:

  • Weight loss with an increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Nervousness/irritability
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Protruding eyes
  • Swelling at the base of the neck 

To diagnose hyperthyroidism, endocrinologists will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam. The endocrinologist also may conduct a blood test to measure the amount of hormones the thyroid is producing. A radioactive iodine uptake test and a thyroid scan may be conducted to help determine the reason for the overactive thyroid.

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Treatment Options

The goal of hyperthyroidism treatment is to control the overactive thyroid by slowing down the production of the thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism treatment options include:

Most patients who are diagnosed with overactive thyroid respond well to treatment for their hyperthyroidism.