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Radioactive Iodine Treatment for Hyperthyroidism
source: Endocrine Society
The thyroid gland, located at the front of your neck, makes hormones that control your metabolism—the way your body uses energy. Hyperthyroidism, also called overactive thyroid, occurs when your thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. Too much thyroid hormone speeds up many of the body’s functions. If untreated, an overactive thyroid can lead to other health concerns, such as heart problems.
The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease, in which the immune system stimulates the thyroid gland. Less often, hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid has one or more nodules (lumps) that make too much thyroid hormone.
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