• Vol. 31 No. 4, 542–544
  • 15 July 2002

Treating Thyrotoxicosis with Radioiodine


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Radioiodine, as a drug modality for the treatment of thyrotoxicosis, has been used in clinical practice for several decades. The physiologic basis, clinical indications and side-effects are discussed.

Iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormone and is actively taken up by thyroid follicles. This is the physiological basis for the use of radioiodine in the treatment of thyrotoxicosis.

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