- Thyroid Disorders
- Common types and underlying causes of thyroid disorders
- Signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction
- What risk factors are associated with thyroid disorder?
- Diagnosing thyroid disorders
- Treatment for thyroid disorders
- Common complications of thyroid disorders
- Outlook for thyroid disorders
While relatively complex, the majority of thyroid disorders can be very well managed with medical treatment, and serious complications avoided. Thyroid disorders are generally not life-threatening, thus making the general outlook a good one.
If effectively treated, overactive, and underactive thyroid glands (with or without goitres and nodules) aren’t likely to lead to any long-term adverse effects affecting a person’s life expectancy. Even thyroid cancer currently has low mortality rates (around 5%) if effectively treated, depending on the state of malignancy in the body.
Disorders which are undiagnosed or poorly treated, however, are at higher risk of a worsened condition, which at its worst can be life-threatening.