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thyroglossal duct cyst

cystic dilation of thyroglossal duct remanant
presents as anterior neck mass


lingual thyroid

persistence of thyroid tissue at the base of the tongue: base of tongue mass



increased basal metabolic rate: incr. synthesis of sodium potassium ATPase
incr. sympathetic nervious sytem: incr. expression of beta receptors


clnical features of hyperhyroidism

weight loss, incr. appetite, heat intolerance and sweating, tachycardia, arrythmia, tremor, insomnia, diarrhea, oligomenorrhea, bone resorption with hypercalcemia, hypocholesterolemia, hyperglcemia, decr. muscle mas w/ weakness


graves disease

IgG antibody that stimulates TSH receptor: incr. production and release of thyroid hormone
classically in women of child bearing age


clinical features of graves

hyperthyroidism, diffuse goiter, exophthalmos and pretibial myxedema.
Exopthalmos and pretibial myxedema are NOT due to excess thyroid hormone, but excess glycosaminoglycans.
fibroblasts behind eye and over the shin secrete excess GAGs in response to the antibody that stimulates the TSH receptor (which is also present in these two locations).
Myxedema- edema due to glycosaminoglycans.


histo of graves

scalloping of the colloid and follicle hyperplasia.


graves labs

incr. total and free T4, decr. TSH, hypocholesterolemia, incr. glucose


Tx for graves

BBs, thioamide (blocks peroxidase and production of thyroid hormone), radioiodine (taken up by follicular cells of thyroid)
drug names: propanylthiouracil, methimazole
both block throid peroxidase; propanylthiouracil also blocks 5'-deoidinase


What does the thyroid do?

tyrosine to thyroglobulin. Pushes TG to follicular lumen
also takes in iodine
togeter, thyroglobuline and I2 added together in organification. makes MIT and DIT.
MIT + DIT = T3
DIT + DIT = T4
all catalyzed by peroxidase


thyroid storm

elevated catecholamines and massive hormones, usually related to stress (childbirth, surgery)
delirium, diarrhea, tachyarrhythmia, hyperthermia, and vomiting with hypovolemic shock


Tx of thyroid storm

PTU (propylthiouriacil), BBs, and steroids (prednisone)
PTU inhibits peroxidase mediated oxidation, organification. also stops peripheral conversion of T4 to T3.


multinodule goiter

enlarged thyroid gland with multiple nodules
d/t relative iodine deficiency
usually non-toxic- pts are euthyroid
but, rarely, regions become TSH-independent (toxic goiter and secrete thyroid hormone.


Jod-Basedow phenomenon

thyrotoxicosis if a patient with iodine deficiency goiter is made iodine replete

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