endocrinologist examines the thyroid of a woman

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate metabolism – the body’s function to convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy, which is essential to daily function. Thyroid disorders manifest due to over or underproduction of thyroid hormones. This can be due to thyroid nodules or growths on the thyroid, a goiter or swelling of the thyroid gland itself, or thyroid cancer. If you have trouble swallowing or breathing, feel a lump in your throat or experience ongoing swelling in the neck, please schedule an appointment with our ear, nose and throat specialist.