Water deprivation test

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Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and the management of your condition. Please would you read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test? The purpose of this test is to work out why you …

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TRH test (thyrotrophin releasing hormone test)

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Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and the management of your condition. Please would you read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test?Your thyroid blood test results are not normal and this test will …

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Transition: getting ready to move on

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What happens now? This information leaflet explains about the transition process and what it will mean for you. What is transition? This describes the process of planning, preparing and moving on from children’s health care to adult health care. Transition is a gradual process. It gives everyone time to talk about what health care you will need as an adult …

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Thyroid lumps

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What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a gland at the base of your neck, just below your ‘Adam’s apple’, near your windpipe. It makes thyroid hormones, which are chemical messengers produced by your glands and carried in the blood. Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism (use of energy), which is important to keep the brain, heart, muscles and other …

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The 3 different treatments for an overactive thyroid

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Treatment options Treatment Cannot use if Advantages Disadvantages Tablets carbimazole, propylthiouracil (PTU) You have had a severe reaction to one of these drugs Quite quick to work (4-6 weeks) Sudden swings in thyroid hormone level unlikely Painless 12-18 months course of tablets Thyroid overactivity comes back in 60-70% of patients after treatment. 10% risk of rash or other minor side-effects …

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Sussex pituitary multidisciplinary team

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We are a team of health care professionals who work together to provide specialised care for patients with pituitary problems in Sussex. What is the pituitary? The pituitary is a small gland just below the brain which sends out ‘chemical messenger’ hormones to regulate and control several other glands in different parts of the body (e.g. thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes). …

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Short synacthen test

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Why do I need this test? Your doctor has recommended that you take this test to help with the diagnosis and management of your condition. Please read this carefully and ask us about anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. What is the purpose of the test?The test checks your body’s ability to make a …

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Pregnancy and hypothyroidism

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What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism means an underactive thyroid gland, which does not make enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a gland in the front of the neck which makes thyroid hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by your glands and carried in the blood. Thyroid hormone controls the body’s metabolism (how your body uses and stores energy). What are the …

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