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Were you looking for information on Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidsim is a common misspelling of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition characterized by abnormally low levels of thyroid hormones. These hormones affect several different areas of the body, so symptoms can vary widely from person to person. In fact, some people do not experience symptoms at all (this is called subclinical hypothyroidism). A few possible signs include fatigue, weight gain, puffy face, and brittle nails.
An underactive thyroid cannot be diagnosed on the basis of symptoms alone -- too many other conditions share the same symptoms. Thus, a diagnosis is made on the basis of a blood test that checks the levels of TSH and T4. Once treatment starts, these tests are repeated on a regular basis to make sure that hormone levels are returning to normal.
(Click Hypothyroidism to learn more about how this condition is diagnosed, how it is treated, additional symptoms, and possible causes. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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