Case Study: Thyroid


A patient has checked into the ER complaining of having blurry and sometimes double vision. She’s also worried about a lump starting to develop on her throat. When you bring her into triage, you quickly note exophthalmos and the lump. When taking her history, she notes that she has always been remarkably healthy and always full of energy. She even brags that she doesn’t need as much sleep. She also complains that it’s warm in your usually cold triage room.


Answer the following questions and save your responses in a Microsoft Word document. Provide a scholarly resource in APA format to support your answers.

  1. What does the thyroid and its associated hormones do?
  2. What is a goiter?
  3. There are cases when both Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism could present with a goiter. Why?
  4. Do you believe that she is presenting with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism? Why?
  5. You suspect Grave’s disease. What sign made you jump to this conclusion?


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