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Surgical Treatment of Thyrotoxicosis

Br Med J 1970; 1 doi: (Published 28 February 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:519
  1. Anthony J. Hedley,
  2. Christopher J. Flemming,
  3. Marian I. Chesters,
  4. W. Michie,
  5. James Crooks


    A retrospective study of thyrotoxic patients treated by subtotal thyroidectomy between 2 and 21 years ago in the north-east of Scotland showed that 20% of the patients could not be identified or traced at the time of the survey. The thyroid status of 40% of patients followed up was abnormal.

    It is now accepted that radioiodine treatment of thyrotoxicosis is followed by a significant incidence of late onset hypothyroidism, and life-long follow-up is regarded as obligatory. The findings in this study indicate that similar methods of aftercare are required for surgically treated patients and for all patients receiving thyroxine-replacement therapy.