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      Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in Refractory Hyperthyroidism

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          Introduction: Hyperthyroid patients who are unresponsive to medical treatment remain a challenging clinical problem. Objective: The goal of our study was to evaluate the use of therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) in hyperthyroid patients and their outcome after TPE. Method: We retrospectively reviewed 22 patients who underwent TPE for refractory thyrotoxicosis in our institution: 13 with Graves’ disease, 7 with amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis (AIT), 1 with toxic goiter, and 1 pregnant patient with familial nonautoimmune thyrotoxicosis. Results: Before TPE, all patients had severe hyperthyroidism, and antithyroid drugs were either contraindicated or not sufficiently effective to restore euthyroidism promptly. After all the TPEs, free T<sub>4</sub> (fT4) decreased significantly by 48% ( p = 0.001) and fT3 by 52% ( p = 0.0001). The median number of TPE sessions per patient was 4 (range: 1–10). There were no complications during the 91 TPE sessions. Total thyroidectomy with no severe side effects was performed on 16/22 patients and 1 other patient was treated with radioactive iodine. One patient died from severe thyrotoxicosis during medical care. The remaining 4 patients were followed up without any radical treatment. For all 7 patients with AIT, iterative TPE led to a significant clinical improvement, and amiodarone was continued for 1 patient. Available treatments were continued between TPE sessions (cholestyramine for 13 patients [60%] and glucocorticoids for 16 patients [73%]). Conclusion: TPE allowed a safe decrease of 50% in thyroid hormone levels, and it should be considered for refractory hyperthyroid patients when medical treatments are contraindicated or have failed to restore euthyroidism, irrespective of the etiology of the thyrotoxicosis.

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          Thyrotoxicosis has multiple etiologies, manifestations, and potential therapies. Appropriate treatment requires an accurate diagnosis and is influenced by coexisting medical conditions and patient preference. This article describes evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of thyrotoxicosis that would be useful to generalist and subspeciality physicians and others providing care for patients with this condition. The development of these guidelines was commissioned by the American Thyroid Association in association with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists assembled a task force of expert clinicians who authored this report. The task force examined relevant literature using a systematic PubMed search supplemented with additional published materials. An evidence-based medicine approach that incorporated the knowledge and experience of the panel was used to develop the text and a series of specific recommendations. The strength of the recommendations and the quality of evidence supporting each was rated according to the approach recommended by the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation Group. Clinical topics addressed include the initial evaluation and management of thyrotoxicosis; management of Graves' hyperthyroidism using radioactive iodine, antithyroid drugs, or surgery; management of toxic multinodular goiter or toxic adenoma using radioactive iodine or surgery; Graves' disease in children, adolescents, or pregnant patients; subclinical hyperthyroidism; hyperthyroidism in patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy; and management of other miscellaneous causes of thyrotoxicosis. One hundred evidence-based recommendations were developed to aid in the care of patients with thyrotoxicosis and to share what the task force believes is current, rational, and optimal medical practice.
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            The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) Journal of Clinical Apheresis (JCA) Special Issue Writing Committee is charged with reviewing, updating, and categorizing indications for the evidence-based use of therapeutic apheresis in human disease. Since the 2007 JCA Special Issue (Fourth Edition), the Committee has incorporated systematic review and evidence-based approaches in the grading and categorization of apheresis indications. This Seventh Edition of the JCA Special Issue continues to maintain this methodology and rigor to make recommendations on the use of apheresis in a wide variety of diseases/conditions. The JCA Seventh Edition, like its predecessor, has consistently applied the category and grading system definitions in the fact sheets. The general layout and concept of a fact sheet that was used since the fourth edition has largely been maintained in this edition. Each fact sheet succinctly summarizes the evidence for the use of therapeutic apheresis in a specific disease entity. The Seventh Edition discusses 87 fact sheets (14 new fact sheets since the Sixth Edition) for therapeutic apheresis diseases and medical conditions, with 179 indications, which are separately graded and categorized within the listed fact sheets. Several diseases that are Category IV which have been described in detail in previous editions and do not have significant new evidence since the last publication are summarized in a separate table. The Seventh Edition of the JCA Special Issue serves as a key resource that guides the utilization of therapeutic apheresis in the treatment of human disease. J. Clin. Apheresis 31:149-162, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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              2018 European Thyroid Association Guideline for the Management of Graves’ Hyperthyroidism

               George J. Kahaly (corresponding) ,  Luigi Bartalena,  Lazlo Hegedüs (2018)
              Graves’ disease (GD) is a systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by the infiltration of thyroid antigen-specific T cells into thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSH-R)-expressing tissues. Stimulatory autoantibodies (Ab) in GD activate the TSH-R leading to thyroid hyperplasia and unregulated thyroid hormone production and secretion. Diagnosis of GD is straightforward in a patient with biochemically confirmed thyrotoxicosis, positive TSH-R-Ab, a hypervascular and hypoechoic thyroid gland (ultrasound), and associated orbitopathy. In GD, measurement of TSH-R-Ab is recommended for an accurate diagnosis/differential diagnosis, prior to stopping antithyroid drug (ATD) treatment and during pregnancy. Graves’ hyperthyroidism is treated by decreasing thyroid hormone synthesis with the use of ATD, or by reducing the amount of thyroid tissue with radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment or total thyroidectomy. Patients with newly diagnosed Graves’ hyperthyroidism are usually medically treated for 12–18 months with methimazole (MMI) as the preferred drug. In children with GD, a 24- to 36-month course of MMI is recommended. Patients with persistently high TSH-R-Ab at 12–18 months can continue MMI treatment, repeating the TSH-R-Ab measurement after an additional 12 months, or opt for therapy with RAI or thyroidectomy. Women treated with MMI should be switched to propylthiouracil when planning pregnancy and during the first trimester of pregnancy. If a patient relapses after completing a course of ATD, definitive treatment is recommended; however, continued long-term low-dose MMI can be considered. Thyroidectomy should be performed by an experienced high-volume thyroid surgeon. RAI is contraindicated in Graves’ patients with active/severe orbitopathy, and steroid prophylaxis is warranted in Graves’ patients with mild/active orbitopathy receiving RAI.

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                European Thyroid Journal
                S. Karger AG
                March 2021
                28 April 2020
                : 10
                : 1
                : 86-92
                aThyroid and Endocrine Tumors Unit, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
                bApheresis Unit, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, AP-HP, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
                cDepartment of Endocrinology, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
                dDepartment of Anaesthesia, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
                eNuclear Medicine Department, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP, Sorbonne Université, Inserm U970, Paris, France
                fDepartment of Surgery, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
                gDepartment of Surgery, Avicennes Hospital, Paris, France
                Author notes
                *Camille Buffet, Thyroid and Endocrine Tumors Unit, Institute of Endocrinology, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, 47–83 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, FR–75013 Paris (France), camille.buffet@aphp.fr
                507019 Eur Thyroid J 2021;10:86–92
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