Can The Protrusion Of The Eye In People With Hyperthyroidism Return To Normal?

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Hello r nOctober 2017, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and I experienced symptoms as mentioned by the doctor but what made me unable to accept it was the protrusion of my eyes and an enlarged tiriod gland. Will my thyroid normalize my eyes and neck return to normal? R n Previously, thank you very much doctor

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Hello Tia, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Previously I wanted to confirm first, do you mean that now you have an enlarged thyroid gland and protrusion of the eye or you are afraid that it will happen in the future?


The most common hyperthyroid disease is Graves' disease. This disease is an autoimmune disease (a disease in which the body's immune system attacks the body itself). In Graves' disease an antibody is found that causes the thyroid gland to produce more than normal thyroid hormone.


Graves' disease can cause a variety of symptoms, but one of the most characteristic symptoms found only in Graves' disease is Graves' ophthalmopathy. Graves ophthalmopathy which can cause the eyes to appear protruding outward. Graves ophthalmopathy, although quite typical for Graves 'disease, is not always seen in people with Graves' disease. Only about 30% of people with Graves will experience Graves ophthalmopathy. Meanwhile, an enlarged thyroid gland or goiter, also the same as Graves 'ophthalmopathy, can be found but may not be found in people who have Graves' disease.


If what you mean now is that you are afraid that you will experience an enlarged thyroid gland and protrusion of the eye (but you have not experienced it at this time), then you need to do regular therapy for Graves to prevent these two things. You need to know that treatment with drugs does not always work for people with Graves. Sometimes further therapy is needed, for example, with thyroid gland ablation therapy or surgery to be able to cure this disease.


If you mean that you have experienced both, then it is necessary to see in advance how severe the enlargement of the glands and the protrusion of your eyes are experiencing. Basically after the treatment is done, your thyrod gland can shrink back. However, if the enlargement is severe enough (thyroid gland is very large), chances are that the reduction will not reach normal size until it is no longer visible. Meanwhile, for Graves' ophthalmopathy, the chances of the eye turning back to be not protruding are very small. However, the symptoms associated with Graves' ophthalmopathy can disappear with certain therapies.


Because it is an autoimmune condition, this disease requires continuous therapy (it cannot be just 1-2 times of therapy and you are completely cured). Therefore, you need to take regular medication to your doctor and make sure you also take your medicines regularly according to the dosage recommended by your doctor.


here is an article that you can read about Graves' disease

So much information from me, hopefully it will be enough to answer

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