Category Archives: Diseases

Gonorrhea is a disease of the young

Gonorrhea is a disease of the young – 15 to 25 years as defined by the CDC. It is more common in urban blacks of low socioeconomic status. This is somewhat interesting. We see a lot more gonorrhea in people

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return

If our patient turns out to have total anomalous pulmonary venous return, let’s remember what that means. First of all, there are four different types of total anomalous pulmonary venous return. The majority of which are super-cardiac type. The intracardiac

Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are common, and depending on the size and age group, may be found in up to 15 % of the adult population. Most nodules are small (0.5 cm in diameter) and rarely are they malignant (95 % benign).

Screening for Thyroid Disease

Screening for Thyroid Disease Screen for thyroid disease with a serum TSH measurement. Given the prevalence of thyroid disease in the elderly, screening is valuable. It is clear that all patients benefit to some degree by treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Hormone Replacement

Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Hormone Replacement The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a chronic autoimmune destruction of the thyroid. In its overt form, hypothyroidism is easy to recognize. Patients present with cold intolerance, mental slowing, peripheral edema (pitting

Problems in Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease is a common disorder that as affects 5-10 % of the adult U.S. population. Subclinical hypothyroidism is the most common disorder. Graves’ Disease This is the most common cause of thyrotoxicosis in all age groups. Autoantibodies directed at