Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hashimotos Thyroiditis, HT: A Thyroid Cancer Risk?

The TSH may be elevated for years before the patient is diagnosed with chronic thyroiditis.Thyroid cancer cells have receptors for TSH. There is a 3 fold increase in cancer if Thyroiditis is present. How many family physicians,internists, and even endocrinologists know that,and do a High frequency ultrasound on their patients with Hashimoto's Thyroidits? Even small nodules not palpable by your physician, but seen on ultrasound can be as dangerous as a larger one that was felt by your physician.If you have thyroiditis, insist on a thyroid ultrasound.

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