The thyroid is a gland in the neck that regulates the body metabolism. Over-active (hyperthyroidism) and under-active (hypothyroidism) thyroid can cause serious complications if left untreated. Thyroid conditions in pregnancy can cause serious complications to the mother and to the baby.
Thyroid nodules are growth in the thyroid gland. Although the majority of these nodules are benign, some may harbor malignant tissues and may be cancerous. An ultrasound evaluation with aspiration cytology may be necessary in some cases to fully ascertain the nature of these nodules.
Thyroid conditions are generally highly treatable with good results in the long term.