Thyroid Information Learn more about the thyroid gland, thyroid-related illnesses and treatments available. About thyroid disease

Diseases of the thyroid gland are very common, affecting millions of Americans. The most common thyroid problems are an overactive gland (hyperthyroidism) an underactive gland (hypothyroidism) and Thyroid enlargement.

About The Thyroid Gland

About the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones, which regulate body metabolism. Thyroid hormones are important in regulating body energy, the body's use of other hormones and vitamins, and ...more >>

What is Thyroid Disease?

What is Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid disease or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed by a variety of cell and antibody mediated immune processes. It was the first ...more >>

About Dr. Baskies

About The Thyroid Gland

Dr. Baskies has several areas of special surgical interest. One of these is thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and especially their surgical treatment. Having trained under two of the foremost endocrine surgeons in the world, at university and tertiary care centers, and beginning with a practice in southern New Jersey, he saw the need to bring that knowledge to his hospital practice. He has helped to build a program that is dedicated to providing state of the art, high level care of the patient with thyroid and parathyroid disease in a comfortable community hospital environment. He has assembled a team of like minded well trained specialists to care for patients with this select group of problems.

Why is the thyroid gland important?

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is located in front of the neck, beneath the voice box (larynx). It produces hormones that regulate blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and weight. The gland produces the hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which control the way every cell in the body uses energy. This process is known as your metabolism. Physical examination may reveal thyroid enlargement, tremor, hyperactive reflexes, or an increased heart rate. Systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) may be high. Alternatively, the examination may reveal hypothyroidism, often caused by inflammation of the thyroid gland, which damages the gland's cells. Autoimmune or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, is the most common example of this. Some women develop hypothyroidism after pregnancy (often referred to as "postpartum thyroiditis").