Expert Thyroid Surgeon Comments On Rise Of Patients Unknowingly Living with Thyroid Disease
Posted Feb 17 2014 11:00am
Dr. Babak Larian, director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, discusses the common symptoms of thyroid disease that can prevent patients from being accurately diagnosed.
According to recent findings by the American Thyroid Association, as many as 60% of those with thyroid disease do not know they have it and remain undiagnosed. Medical professionals suspect that this high number of undiagnosed thyroid disease is partly related to the common symptoms that accompany thyroid disease. General symptoms such as fatigue, unexpected fluctuation in weight, anxiety, and sleeplessness are often misattributed to other conditions and the thyroid disease goes undiagnosed in many patients.
“Thyroid disease is becoming more common in the United States and 12% of Americans will experience thyroid disease in their lifetime. It is important for patients with thyroid disease to be accurately diagnosed; however, the symptoms of the condition can make this difficult,” explained Dr. Larian.
The thyroid gland is located in the lower neck and is a very important part of the endocrine system that controls many bodily functions. Thyroid disease commonly manifests itself in one of three ways: hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and thyroid nodules. Hyperthyroidism results in too much thyroid hormone, hypothyroidism results in too little thyroid hormone, and thyroid nodules are small lumps that could potentially be malignant.
“The earlier thyroid disease is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. Patients who suspect any problems with the function of their thyroid should seek medical attention immediately in order to be accurately diagnosed and treated,” said Dr. Larian.
While hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are commonly treated with medication, some thyroid diseases require surgical removal of the thyroid. Especially in the case of thyroid cancer, the best treatment is often to undergo surgery. At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian can safely and effectively remove the affected thyroid gland using the minimally invasive thyroidectomy procedure.
“It is advised that patients with thyroid disease contact a thyroid expert in order to determine the best treatment plan,” stated Dr. Larian.
Babak Larian, MD, FACS, is a highly regarded Head & Neck Surgeon who places an emphasis on providing his patients with the best treatments available. Dr. Larian has a highly specialized knowledge in the performance of minimally invasive thyroid procedures and strives to stay at the cutting-edge of medicine. Upon completion of his medical degree at the prestigious University of California—Irvine Medical School, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology at UCLA. Dr. Larian currently holds the acclaimed position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the treatment of thyroid disorders, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles by calling (310) 461-0300. Further information may be acquired by visiting http://www.advancedonc.com.