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Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation to Host Patient Education Event In Chicago

Northwestern Memorial Hospital October 23, 2013

November conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will provide education on living with thyroid disorders

CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Medicine® and the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation* will host a conference for thyroid patients on Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E Huron St., Feinberg Pavilion, Chicago, IL, 60611. Online registration* is available or you can call the Foundation at 877.643.3123 to register.

“The effects of hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and thyroid eye disease can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life”, said Dina Elaraj, MD, endocrine surgeon at Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of GI and endocrine surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “By learning about these conditions and making connections with others who understand what they are going through, patients can gain a sense of empowerment over their condition. This conference is a great opportunity for patients and family members in the Chicago area.”

Confirmed presenters include Northwestern Medicine physicians Dina M. Elaraj, MD, Endocrine Surgery; Peter A. Kopp, MD, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine; Donald Zimmerman, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology; Christopher B. Chambers, MD, Department of Ophthalmology; Beatriz Sanchez, MD, Department of Pathology; and Eve Bloomgarden, MD, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists estimates that up to 30 million Americans may be affected by a thyroid disorder, and that half of those cases are currently undiagnosed.  Two autoimmune disorders, Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis are responsible for the vast majority of cases of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include weight loss, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, fatigue, insomnia, and heat intolerance. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, cold intolerance, and slow pulse. Patients with autoimmune thyroid disease may also experience a condition called thyroid eye disease, which can cause dryness, light sensitivity, swelling, eye protrusion, and double vision.

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