New Study Determines Cheek Swelling Indicates Potential Thyroid-Associated Orbitopathy in Females

World-renowned head and neck surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, comments on the study and discusses when individuals should seek medical treatment.

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To determine exactly what type of thyroid disorder a patient is suffering from, it’s extremely important to examine all possibilities. Because cheek swelling can be a tell tale sign of Graves’ disease, it’s critical to closely examine this area.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

In a recent study published by the Department of Ophthalmology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, findings indicated that prominent cheek swelling in females could indicate thyroid-associated orbitopathy, also known as thyroid eye disease or Graves’ disease. Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles believes that the condition is best managed by a team of specialists, including thyroid experts and experienced ophthalmologists.

“Thyroid eye disease happens as a consequence of hyperthyroidism in which the thyroid is overactive and causes a number of unpleasant symptoms, including insomnia, joint pain, weight loss, and even bulging eyes. The eyes appear to bulge out because the tissue behind and around the eye gets thicker, this can extend to the tissue outside the eye and over the cheekbones, resulting in puffy cheeks,” said Dr. Larian.

The study examined six female patients who were experiencing cheek swelling and had thyroid associated orbitopathy. Of the six test subjects, five were diagnosed with Graves’ hyperthyroidism, with one being initially diagnosed with Hasminoto disease. Upon receiving treatment for their conditions, cheek swelling improved in all patients.

“To determine exactly what type of thyroid disorder a patient is suffering from, it’s extremely important to examine all possibilities. Because cheek swelling can be a tell tale sign of Graves’ disease, it’s critical to closely examine this area,” said world-renowned thyroid expert Babak Larian, MD, FACS.

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian urges patients to seek treatment if they believe they could be suffering from a thyroid related disease. Because excellent patient care is always at the forefront of the CENTER, Dr. Larian utilizes a team of specialists to treat a multitude of conditions, including thyroid related disorders.

“I believe that the only way to ensure that my patients receive the best care and the best results is to surround myself with specialists who can aid in their treatment. Because cheek swelling can indicate thyroid eye disease, I handle surgery relating to the thyroid gland while an oculoplastic surgeon on my team manages any orbital decompression that may be necessary,” said world-renowned thyroid expert Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian is a highly regarded head & neck surgeon who places an extreme emphasis on providing his patients with the best treatments available and has great experience with minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid procedures. Upon completion of his medical degree at the prestigious University of California—Irvine Medical School, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology at UCLA. Dr. Larian currently holds the acclaimed position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the treatment of thyroid cancer, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles by calling (310) 461-0300. Further information may be acquired by visiting http://www.larianmd.com.