13 June, 2018
Postoperative hypothyroidism: Symptoms, causes and what to do
As we have mentioned previously, levels of thyroid hormone/levothyroxine need to be adequate after thyroid surgery. In spite of physicians seeing patients periodically for follow-up of symptoms and testing, primarily with thyrotropin (TSH), in some patients, TSH levels will remain slightly elevated on apparently correct doses of thyroid hormone. These patients, with low levothyroxine or high TSH levels, experience the unpleasant symptoms of postoperative or subclinical hypothyroidism.