Category Archives: Treatment options

Pregnancy with Graves’ Disease – risk of birth defects for mothers taking anti-thyroid drugs

On the never-ending thread about long-term use of methimazole (MMI), several people have asked about the risks of anti-thyroid drugs during pregnancy. ¬†Because MMI is thought to cause more birth defects than propylthiouracil (PTU)¬†in the first trimester, women are often … Continue reading

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Overtreatment for GD?

There was an article about overtreating patients in the New York Times today. It opened with the classic case of Graves’ Disease. The article looks (briefly) at the pros and cons of getting the aggressive treatment (radioactive iodine or surgery) … Continue reading

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Randomized study of Graves’ disease treatments

Summary This study looked at three common treatments for Graves’ disease (medication, surgery, and radioactive iodine) and their effect on the underlying cause of Graves’ (an autoimmune reaction). This study was set up in one of the best ways to … Continue reading

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