The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies in front of the windpipe (trachea), just below the voice box (larynx). The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland stores these hormones and releases them as they are needed.
Current as ofDecember 19, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Matthew I. Kim, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism