- 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
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.