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Where is the thyroid located?

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The thyroid is located in the lower part of the neck below the Adam's apple. It is composed of two lobes, one on either side of the trachea. It is joined by a bridge, referred to as the isthmus, that stretches over the windpipe.

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This butterfly-shaped endocrine gland makes hormones necessary for proper metabolism and body temperature as well as for growth and development. The main thyroid hormone is thyroxine. When the thyroid secretes too much thyroxine, weight loss, a rapid heartbeat and nervousness may result. This condition is called hyperthyroidism. When too little thyroxine is secreted, dry skin, fatigue and depression are possible. This condition is called hypothyroidism. Both conditions are treated with medication.

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