Hpothyroidism and the Endocrine System Case Study by Nicky

Hpothyroidism and the Endocrine System
A case study of hypothyroidism and how it affects the endocrine system.
# 149112 | 2,046 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Medical and Health (General) , Biology (General)

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The paper describes the symtoms of a 30-year-old male and addresses the involved endocrine organ, whether this disorder is considered a primary disorder or a secondary one, whether a THS or TRH determination is necessary for the researcher's diagnosis and the feedback loop involved. The paper also considers a number of defects that could cause the patient's symptoms, whether one would expect to find a palpable goiter and what a recommended suitable treatment would be for the individual being assessed. The paper includes a table that compares the patient's symptoms to symptoms of hypothyroidism.
The paper appends a vast amount of resource material.

Case History
Involved Endocrine Organ
Hypothyroidism, a Secondary Disorder
The TSH Level Feedback Loop
Defects Potentially Causing Patient's Symptoms
A Palpable Goiter's Presence
A Suitable Treatment

From the Paper:

"The thyroid, shaped like a butterfly, is positioned right below the larynx, or Adam's apple; in front of the trachea, or windpipe. The thyroid, which stores iodine the body obtains from food, uses iodine to create the thyroid hormones. "Low thyroid hormone levels can alter weight, appetite, sleep patterns, body temperature, and a variety of other physical, mental, and emotional characteristics" (Sims & Haggerty, 2006, 3). In the publication, "Hypothyroidism," Judith Sims, M.S. and Maureen Haggerty (2006), assert report that when the thyroid gland fails to produce or secrete as much thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyonine (T3) as the body needs, then hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, develops.
"As T4 and T3, two vital thyroid hormones "regulate such essential functions as heart rate, digestion, physical growth, and mental development, an insufficient supply of this hormone can slow metabolic processes, damage organs and tissues in every part of the body, and lead to life-threatening complications" (Sims & Haggerty, 2006, 1). A person may not exhibit symptoms of hypothyroidism, a common chronic diseases in the United States (U.S.), however, until years after his/her thyroid stopped functioning. In addition, a physician may at times mistake hypothyroidism as a sign of a different illness. Sims and Haggerty (2006), explain that the doctor diagnosis hypothyroidism based on the patient's observations, his/her medical history, a thorough physical examination, and by results from thyroid function tests. Physicians specializing in treating thyroid disorders (endocrinologists) will most likely recognize subtle symptoms and physical indications of hypothyroidism."

Sample of Sources Used:

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