Treatments for Hyperthyroidism
Treatment will depend on your age, the severity of your symptoms, the cause of the hyperthyroidism, and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The treatment and management of hyperthyroidism involves medications and possibly radioactive iodine or surgery. The goal is to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland and achieve a normal level of thyroid hormone in your body.
Treatment may involve the following:
Treatment with medication for 12 to 18 months leads to long-term remission rate of 60% in patients with ]]>Grave’s disease]]> . After treatment with radioactive iodine, up to 90% of hyperthyroid patients will become normal in two months. Surgery leads to a cure rate of 90%.
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American Thyroid Association website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.org/ .
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Thyroid Foundation of Canada website. Available at: http://www.thyroid.ca/ .
Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>David Juan, MD]]>
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