Who it affects
Hypothyroidism is a common disorder affecting 5% of the general
What gland is involved
The thyroid gland lies in the front part of the neck just under skin and
below the thyroid cartilage (Adam`s apple).
Patients with hypothyroidism may experience symptoms such as tiredness,
lethargy, weight gain, constipation, dry skin and hair loss.
Hypothyroidism is diagnosed with blood tests including TSH, free T4 +/-
Treatment is with levothyroxine tablets. The dose is usually titrated
over many months whilst monitoring blood tests.
An under active thyroid is usually a lifelong disorder. Blood test are
performed at intervals to ensure the correct dose of Levothyroxine is
taken. Patients with hypothyroidism are entitled to free prescriptions
in the NHS.
Dr A Qureshi
is a consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist who consults at The
Harley Street Clinic, London, UK. He specialises in disorders such as
hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypopituitarism,
Addison’s disease, hypertension and diabetes.
To arrange an appointment, please call:
APPOINTMENTS : ++44 (0)7733
The information contained in this website is general and not specific
endocrine or diabetes advice.
Patients should always consultant their physician or an endocrinology
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