Thyroid Disorders

Describes the anatomy of the thyroid gland. Describes the complex thyroid gland physiology. Distinguishes between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Discusses thyroid nodules. Discusses thyroid cancer.

Hour 1

  1. The Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Disorders
    1.    Anatomy and physiology of the thyroid
    2.    Thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism
    3.    Lab evaluation to monitor thyroid function
  2. Hypothyroidism
    1.    Causes of decreased thyroid hormone
    2.    Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    3.    Symptoms and pathogenesis of hypothyroidism
    4.    Treatment of hypothyroidism

Hour 2

  1. Hyperthyroidism
    1.    Common signs and symptoms
    2.    Causes of hyperthyroidism
  2. Thyroid Nodules
    1.    Prevalence of thyroid nodules
    2.    Cancerous or benign?
    3.    Diagnostic procedures

Hour 3

  1. Treatment Options for Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Nodules
    1.    Anti-thyroid drugs
    2.    Radioactive iodine treatment
    3.    Surgery
  2.    Thyroid Cancer
    1.    Four types – Papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic
    2.    Characteristics and management for each
    3.    Surgery, radioactive iodine, and replacement thyroid hormone therapy


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the anatomy of the thyroid gland.
  2. Describe the complex thyroid gland physiology.
  3. Distinguish between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  4. Discuss thyroid nodules.
  5. Discuss thyroid cancer.
Products specifications
Instructor A. St. Charles, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.
Instructor R. Hullon, M.D., J.D.
# of Pages 81
More Information About This Course: Thyroid Disorders accreditation
Contact Hours: 3
NCBTMB Contact Hours 3 (Not Approved for NY)
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