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      Long-Term Follow-up of Patients Treated for Thyrotoxicosis Using the Achilles’ Reflex Time

      Hormone Research in Paediatrics

      S. Karger AG

      Ankle jerk, Thyrotoxicosis, Achilles’ reflex

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          Hypothyroidism commonly occurs after both radioiodineand surgical treatment of thyrotoxicosis. Since the incidence increases with the passage of time, it is important to follow all such patients for life. A system is presented which makes use of clinical judgement and the measured Achilles’ reflex time. In persons with easily reproducible reflexes this combination may be used to assure the continued euthyroid state after it has been reached, to suggest the presence of hypothyroidism, and to verify the hypothyroidism once suspected. Application of the method may help to reduce the large pool of patients with post-treatment hypothyroidism.

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          Horm Res Paediatr
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          21 November 2008
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          : 36-45
          Department of Nuclear Medicine, Straub Clinic, Honolulu, H.I.
          178172 Hormones 1970;1:36–45
          © 1970 S. Karger AG, Basel

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