Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the front of your throat just below your larynx, or voice box. The thyroid uses iodine to produce two important hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones affect virtually all of your body’s cells and organs, and control numerous functions including:
In addition to making hormones, your thyroid gland works with your pituitary gland to produce thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH regulates how much T3 and T4 are released into your body. When the amount of thyroid hormone is not appropriate for your needs, one of two conditions may result:
Mercy endocrinologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating hormonal disorders. Our doctors diagnose and treat hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism as well as other thyroid disorders including:
Most thyroid disorders are treatable with medication or other therapies. Your Mercy primary care doctor can determine if your thyroid gland is working properly and, if necessary, refer you to one of our expert endocrinologists for specialized care.