The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located below the larynx (voice box) at the front of the neck that produces hormones essential to growth and development. Although small, this powerful organ plays a critical role in brain development, metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and energy. That’s why it is important for growing children with thyroid conditions to seek specialized care.
Boys Town Pediatric Thyroid Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, care and treatment of thyroid diseases, nodules and cancer in children.
When the thyroid does not function properly, children can experience delayed brain development, weight problems, growth problems and other conditions that affect their bones and tissues. Thyroid disorders can be hereditary but also occur randomly, and the most common disorders affecting children include:
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Hypothyroidism is when the gland does not create enough thyroid hormones in the body. Children may experience:
- Dry skin
- Low energy
- Delayed puberty
Hyperthyroidism is when the gland is overactive and produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Children can experience:
- Muscle weakness
- Poor concentration
- Increased appetite
Infants, children and adolescents suffering from disorders of the thyroid benefit every day from the state-of-the-art care provided at the Boys Town Pediatric Thyroid Clinic.
Trusted Thyroid Specialists
Our skilled team of specialists include board certified pediatric general and thoracic surgeons, otolaryngologists, a pediatric endocrinologist, radiologists and pathologists. We provide a comprehensive approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, care and treatment of thyroid diseases, nodules and cancer in children.
We also understand the critical role parents play in their child’s care and recovery. That is why we ensure families understand the diagnosis, management and treatment options available. Together, we create the best care plan for children when any of the following surgical procedures or non-invasive interventions are needed:
- Lobectomy (removal of one side of thyroid)
- Thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid gland)
- Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA) Biopsy
- Diagnostic ultrasound
We are the only team in the area providing pediatric thyroid surgery that fully aligns with the clinical practice guidelines of the American Thyroid Association.