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Juvenile thyrotoxicosis; can we do better?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Timothy Cheetham


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Thyrotoxicosis remains a frustrating condition for the young person, family, and health professionals involved. The associated symptoms do not always suggest thyroid disease and patients can be unwell for many months before the diagnosis is made. The antithyroid drug regimen used to treat children and adolescents with thyrotoxicosis varies from one unit to another and yet the potentially life threatening side effects and remission rates post-treatment may be related to the regimen used. Most patients with thyrotoxicosis will need many years of drug therapy if the thyroid gland is not removed surgically or destroyed by radioiodine. Even "definitive'' treatment will typically necessitate thyroxine replacement for life.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Birrell G, Cheetham T

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2004

Volume: 89

Issue: 8

Pages: 745-750

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044


DOI: 10.1136/adc.2003.035980