Managing Thyroid Disease in Primary Care
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are common conditions that have lifelong effects on health. In the United States, approximately 5% of adults have thyroid disease or take thyroid medication. These conditions are usually seen first in primary care settings, but they frequently go undiagnosed for years. With proper diagnosis, however, thyroid disorders can usually be well managed. Due to the heterogeneity and the non-specific nature of the signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders, it is essential to ensure that the correct work-up and diagnosis is made. This education will provide guidance on the diagnosis and proper management of thyroid disorders, including high risk in pregnancy.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Recognize the common and less common signs, symptoms, and associated conditions of thyroid disorders and have a low index of suspicion for patient work-up
- Prescribe thyroid replacement therapy according to relevant guidelines, and follow-up patients regularly, adapting treatment and doses as needed
- Identify pregnant women at high risk of thyroid dysfunction who would benefit from screening
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Published December 9, 2014