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Treatment

Treatment of endocrine gland-related conditions depends on the cause. If the problem is due to a drug therapy, then the patient may be able to be weaned off the medication (never abruptly stop taking a medication without consulting with your doctor). If it is due to hyperplasia, then the action of the hormone may be able to be blocked. If is due to a tumour, then the tumour may be able to be surgically removed. Often this will resolve the problem or decrease it to the point that it can be successfully controlled.

In some cases, after a gland has been removed to resolve the problem, the patient may need to take replacement medications, such as thyroid hormone. Replacement is also often used when a patient’s gland has been damaged or is otherwise not capable of producing a sufficient quantity of one or more hormones. When patients have a gene mutation associated with MEN-1 or MEN-2, careful lifetime monitoring will be necessary. Treatment of all endocrine-related conditions should be tailored to the individual. Patients should work with their doctor to determine the right course of action for them.


Last Review Date: July 1, 2018