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Key questions on thyroid disease

Module summary
Dr Anh Tran, GP with interest in endocrinology, answers questions from GP Dr Julian Spinks on referral for thyroid swellings, levothyroxine dose for hypothyroidism, and investigating hyperthyroidism
Learning objectives

This module will update you on thyroid disease, including:

  • Investigations for thyroid swelling that can be carried out in primary care
  • Target levels for T4 and TSH
  • Whether to start treatment before referring to secondary care
  • Managing medications in pregnant women

Dr Anh Tran is a GP with interest in endocrinology and diabetes in Surrey and is a member of the British Thyroid Association (BTA) and Foundation (BTF) and Society for Endocrinology (SfE). Author of 6 studies on endocrine disorders in primary care, including 4 on hyper and hypothyroidism, presented at the annual Society for endocrinology BES annual conferences during 2009 – 2016. She has given presentations on endocrine disorders in primary care for BMJ Masterclasses GP update and at the 2016 Primary Care Public Health annual conference.

Dr Tran would like to thank:

Dr Steve Hyer, Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at St Helier Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at St Georges' Hospital, for his help in the writing of this article.

The British Thyroid Foundation for their kind support with the clinical studies on hypothyroidism and in the preparation of this article. 

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
1.5 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
3 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
Alexander Marshall
Daniela Penge
excelent,concise packed of information the refrence range are very informative and relavent to the practice.It is very good educational module ,it taught me how to treat thyroid disease in primary care and when to refer to secondary care
IQBAL Hussain
Very good
Alan Sykes
Excellent detail and very helpfully formatted
Roderick McCrea