Thyroid Center FAQ
Thyroid Center at GBMC
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
GBMC’s Thyroid Center treats more thyroid patients than any other Maryland community hospital.
The Thyroid Center at GBMC diagnoses and treats a full range of thyroid disorders from hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism to benign nodules and thyroid cancer. Learn more by scrolling through the list of frequently asked questions.
What is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is part of the endocrine system. Located toward the base of the neck, the thyroid gland is responsible for regulating metabolism. Thyroid disorders are quite prevalent, and though millions are known to have these disorders, many also go undiagnosed. The disorders are often the culprit of common medical problems such as unexplained weight loss, obesity, swelling in the neck, changes in heart rate, depression/mood changes, fatigue and more. Predominant in women, thyroid disorders can also cause disruptions in the menstrual cycle and impact fertility.
What are symptoms of a thyroid disorder?
The most common symptoms of a thyroid condition include (but are not limited to) weight changes, fatigue, depression, anxiety, high cholesterol, bowel problems, menstrual irregularities and fertility problems, and swelling of the neck.
How are thyroid disorders treated?
Treatment of thyroid conditions depends on the patient’s type of disorder. In some cases, treatment involves regulating thyroid hormone. Some cases may require surgery or cancer treatments. Benign conditions might just require watchful waiting (or, in other words, no treatment is yet necessary, but you and your physician should continue monitoring it in case anything changes). Your endocrinologist will determine the most effective treatment plan for you.
The Thyroid Center at GBMC treats all types of thyroid disorders – from most common to rare, including:
- Thyroid cancer
- Noncancerous thyroid tumors/toxic adenomas
- Nodular or multinodular thyroid disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Subacute thyroiditis
- Pituitary gland malfunctions or cancerous growths in the thyroid gland
- Graves’ disease
- Adrenal disease
What services are offered by the Thyroid Center at GBMC?
- Medical management of thyroid disorders
- Evaluation and treatment of parathyroid disease
- Radiologic imaging and ultrasound
- Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration
- Expert pathologic evaluation
- Surgical expert evaluation and treatment for thyroid cancer
How do I schedule an appointment with the Thyroid Center at GBMC?
Call 443-THYROID (443-849-7643).
Where is the Thyroid Center located?
The Thyroid Center at GBMC is located in Physicians Pavilion North on GBMC’s main campus in the Bay West Endocrinology Associates practice: 6535 North Charles Street, Suite 400.
My primary care physician thinks I might have a thyroid condition. What now?
Schedule a consultation with an endocrinologist by calling 443-THYROID. During your first appointment, you can expect to receive a physical examination and most likely be sent for blood work and possibly radiologic imaging, such as an ultrasound, to confirm your diagnosis. After pathologic evaluation, your endocrinologist will then create a treatment plan that could consist of medication, watchful waiting or referral for additional services, such as surgery, depending on your diagnosis.