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      Strategy for Antithyroid Drug Therapy in Graves’ Disease

      Hormone Research in Paediatrics

      S. Karger AG

      Follow-up, Antithyroid drugs, Remission, Treatment duration, Carbimazole doses

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          A critical review of the literature concerning the treatment of patients with Graves’ disease discusses the multitude of protocols used. Prospective studies of patients treated with carbimazole alone for a predetermined duration reveal that the remission rate after 6 years’ follow-up is between 40 and 50%. The incidence of treatment duration on remission rates is discussed: the authors think that long-term treatments give better results than short-term treatments. Nevertheless, no standard duration for treatment can be indicated and the most appropriate attitude is an adaptation to each individual case. Various criteria which could modify the prognosis are discussed: small goiter size and normalization of early iodine uptake improve the prognosis. While better results were obtained after high doses of carbimazole in a preliminary work, further study is necessary to clarify this point.

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          Horm Res Paediatr
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          28 November 2008
          : 26
          : 1-4
          : 146-153
          Service de Médecine F, Hôpital-Sud, Rennes, France
          180694 Horm Res 1987;26:146–153
          © 1987 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Round Table on Treatment of Graves’ Disease with Antithyroid Drugs


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