Blog Posts in May, 2012

How One Patient Avoided Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery

A very pleasant 39-year old school teacher was told after a biopsy performed at a southern Utah hospital that she needed thyroid surgery. She scheduled the surgery within 2 weeks and thought to get a ...
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Hormones and Sex

Monday Morning: I enter a patient exam room to see Mrs. Jane Doe, who is holding a chart stating that she is here for “hormonal problems". Me: “Hi! I'm Doctor Ahmad. I'm an ...
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Preventing Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery With New Genetic Test!

One of the most frustrating challenges facing endocrinologists and thyroid patients is when a biopsy on a suspicious nodule is found to be “inconclusive” or “indeterminate”. ...
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Low Testosterone – Should I Get Tested?

This is a complicated subject, which needs a discussion by a specialist, such as an Endocrinologist, to go over the nuances of this field before any investigation is initiated. I have to answer this ...
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“Bioidentical Hormones” – Should I be on them?

What are “bioidentical hormones”? In factual terms, it means a hormone identical to what the body makes. Various FDA-approved and tightly-regulated standard therapies fit this discription. ...
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New Advance in Thyroid Ultrasound Helps Guide Thyroid Biopsy

New Non-Invasive Way To Determine Possibility of Cancer in a Thyroid Nodule! Thyroid elastography is an ultrasonographic technique to evaluate the stiffness of a thyroid nodule as an indicator of ...
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Do I Need Another Ultrasound Before My Thyroid Cancer Surgery?

Not too long ago, we used iodine whole body scans to look for recurrent thyroid cancer. Even prior to the surgery to remove the cancerous thyroid, we knew there was also a strong likelihood of ...
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