What does an endocrinologist do?

By HealthEngine

Last updated: 15 January 2018

What is an endocrinologist?

An endocrinologist is a doctor who specialises in diseases affecting the glands and hormones of the body.

What medical conditions do endocrinologists treat?

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Pituitary problems
  • Adrenal problems
  • Gonadal problems

What to expect at your first appointment with an endocrinologist

History

Your endocrinologist will ask in detail about the symptoms you are experiencing, specifically related to the deficiency or excess of a hormone you may have. They will also ask about:

  • Previous tests
  • Previous treatments and complications
  • Other medical problems
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Family history
  • Social history

Examination

Examination will depend on the type of endocrinological problem you have. Your endocrinologist will look for signs of a disease process as well as complications of the disease and treatments.

Procedures performed by an endocrinologist

Treatment usually involves giving medications. If operative intervention is required, your endochrinologist will generally refer you to a specialised surgeon.

Associated tests

Specialty areas of interest

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Infertility

Training and qualifications

Links

 

A: Use HealthEngine to find and book your next Endocrinologist appointment. Click on the following locations to find a Endocrinologist clinic in your state or territory.

 

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. If in doubt, HealthEngine recommends consulting with a registered health practitioner.