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How is hyperthyroidism diagnosed?
If your doctor suspects your child may have an overactive thyroid gland, she will start the diagnostic process with a complete medical history, followed by a physical exam. ??Some of the signs that may point to hyperthyroidism are a rapid heartbeat, eye changes, excessive weight loss and overactive reflexes. To confirm a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, your doctor will typically:?
Treatment and care
There are three types of treatment for hyperthyroidism: antithyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and surgery. ?
Antithyroid drugs work by blocking the thyroid glands ability to make thyroid hormone. These drugs to not damage the thyroid gland.
Radioactive iodine is absorbed by the thyroid gland, causing it to shrink. This destroys part of the thyroid gland but does not affect other parts of the body. Your child may need medication to replace the thyroxine that is no longer produced.
Surgery, or removal of part of the thyroid gland, is a rare form of treatment and will require lifelong treatment with medication to replace levels of thyroid hormones.
In infants with neonatal Graves’ disease, treatment with antithyroid drugs is temporary and is continued until the mother’s thyroid-stimulating antibodies have been cleared from the baby’s circulation.
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