In some cases, borderline/subclinical thyroid issues, or hypothyroidism that isn't responding to treatment also calls for a second opinion. Thyroid experts Richard and Karilee Shames talk about these situations in When Should Thyroid Patients Get A Second Opinion?. Patient Empowerment guide Trisha Torrey also takes a look at the issue in When Do You Need a Second Opinion?
Endocrinologists: Pro and ConDo you need an endocrinologist? It's a reasonable question. Many thyroid patients think that they should always consult with an endocrinologist or thyroidologist for a second opinion, but in some cases, a thyroid specialist is not necessarily the best choice for every patient.
It is important, however, for patients with thyroid cancer, acute Graves' disease, suspicious thyroid nodules, or a goiter to see an endocrinologist. And many experts recommend that patients with autoimmune Hashimoto's disease periodically see an endocrinologist to best monitor thyroid health.