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Located in the neck, the thyroid gland is responsible for producing a range of hormones that regulate the body's metabolism (chemical reactions in the body that help it function and grow). Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) occurs when the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone.
Hyperthyroidism occurs more commonly in adolescents and more often in girls than boys. However, hyperthyroidism can occur in younger children of both genders.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children may include:
Hyperthyroidism in children may be caused by:
Your child's doctor at Riley at IU Health can use the following exams and tests to diagnose hyperthyroidism:
Hyperthyroidism is most commonly treated with:
Hyperthyroidism responds well to treatment and is a manageable condition.
Visit the links below to learn more about hyperthyroidism and discover support groups and resources.
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