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Thyroid Disease Treatment in Spain

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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About Thyroid Disease Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is the thyroid?

It is a small butterfly-shaped gland which rests in the middle of the lower neck. Its main function is to control the metabolism of the body by producing hormones T3 and T4 which tell the body’s cells how much energy is needed.


What is thyroid disease?

Thyroid disease occurs when the thyroid produces either too much or too little of the thyroid hormones. A properly functioning thyroid maintains the right amount of hormones required to keep the body’s metabolism functioning normally. The thyroid replaces the hormones as they are used. The thyroid hormones are monitored and controlled by the pituitary gland which is located in the center of the skull below the brain. When the pituitary gland senses a change in thyroid hormone levels, it adjusts its own hormone (TSH) and sends s it to the thyroid to signal it what to do.


Types of thyroid disease
  • Hyperthyroidism: This is a medical condition which occurs when the patient has an overactive thyroid causing the thyroid gland to produce too much of thyroxine. When the thyroid produces too many hormones, it results in the body using energy faster than it should.
  • Hypothyroidism: This is a common disorder in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. It is also known as underactive thyroid or low thyroid. It results in the body using energy slower than it should.

What causes thyroid disease?

There are several different causes of thyroid disease. The conditions that causes hypothyroidism include thyroiditis, postpartum thyroiditis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, iodine deficiency and a non-functioning thyroid gland. The conditions which causes hyperthyroidism include thyroiditis, Graves’ disease/diffuse toxic goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), overactive nodules within the thyroid, and excessive iodine.


Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
  • Antithyroid drugs: These are drugs prescribed to slow down the production of thyroid hormones. They are also called thyrostatics. Once thyrostatics are administered, it can take a couple of days to become effective. Additionally, the dose needs to be carefully titrated over a period of months, with regular doctor visits as well as blood tests to monitor results so as to prevent hypothyroidism.
  • Beta-blockers: A patient suffer from hyperthyroidism may also obtain immediate temporary relief before permanent treatment can take place. Beta-blockers only relieve the symptoms and do not treat hyperthyroidism or any of its long-term effects if left untreated.
  • Diet: People with autoimmune hyperthyroidism are advised to make dietary changes and increase the intake of foods high in iodine. It is advisable to use iodized salt.
  • Surgery: Surgery can be performed to remove a part or the whole thyroid a procedure called thyroidectomy. However, this is not extensively used because most common forms of hyperthyroidism are successfully treated by other methods.
  • Radioiodine: Radioactive iodine treatment can be used to destroy the thyroid tissue. At first, symptoms of hyperthyroidism may worsen following the treatment, since the thyroid hormones are released into the blood via the radioactive iodine treatment. However, medications such as beta blockers may be used during this period of time and a good number of patients are able to tolerate the initial few weeks without any problems.

Treating Hypothyroidism
  • Hormone replacement: This is the most common way of treating hypothyroidism and entails administering a synthetic long-acting form of thyroxine.
  • Desiccated animal thyroid: This is an animal based thyroid gland extract which contains forms of T4, T2, calcitonin, T3, and T1. However, its use today is unsupported by evidence.
  • Intensive care admission: Severe decompensated hypothyroidism or Myxedema coma usually require admission to the intensive care unit. In severe cases, mechanical ventilation may be used as well as vasopressor agents, careful rewarming, fluid replacement, and corticosteroids.

Treating Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is usually treated by surgical removal of the cancerous tissue. The whole thyroid gland may also be removed in a procedure called thyroidectomy. If cancer has spread beyond the thyroid affected tissue is also removed.

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