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Has thyroid, lupus and swollen glands. Now said it may be tumor and suggested biopsy. Advise?

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MY DAUGHTER, AGE 35. WAS TOLD SHE HAS THROID PROBLEMS. 1-HYPERTHROIDISM, THEN LUPUS, THEN . CAUSE GLAND ON LEFT SIDE IS SWALLON . NOW SAID IT MAY BE A TUMOR AND WANT TO DO A BIOPSY. ALSO SAID SOMETHING ABOUT GRAVES . SHE FELLS SHE MAY NEED A SECOND OPINION. AND WANTS TO NOW WHAT TO DO .
Posted Sun, 6 Oct 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Graves is a cause of hyperthyroidism

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is understandable to want a second opinion.

Graves disease is a cause of hyperthyroidism. It is an autoimmune disease (autoimmune diseases of those where the body is reacting against itself in a way).

In graves the body has antibodies that bind to specific points on the gland and stimulate it to make more of the thyroid hormone.

Autoimmune diseases can sometimes be associated together so that it is not uncommon for a person to have Graves along with another autoimmune disease such as lupus.
It can also be associated with other autoimmune conditions such as sjogren disease, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia.

The biospy would determine if it is only the autoimmune disease causing the problems she is experiencing or if there is any significant lesions that may need to be addressed.
It would allow early and appropriate treatment to be initiated.

To get a second opinion she should consider speaking to her GP. He or she would know other specialist that would be able to help her.
If speaking to the GP is not a option there are websites that help patients locate doctors in their area.
Examples are findadoctor, webmdphysician directory

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any additional questions
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