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Radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hi Doctor......need some info on radioactive treament for tyroid
Doctor :   sure
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User :   Age:23 Gender: female Occupation:professional, Marital Status:single Weight and Height:50kgs and 5.4ft Dependents: Yes/ No:yes.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do u have hyperthyroidism
Doctor :   ?
Doctor :   Radioactive iodine is given either in a capsule or in a tasteless solution in water
Doctor :   to treat
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User :   hello doctor
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User :   as requested before...can you please give info on radioactive tyroid and if it as any side-effects
Doctor :   ok
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Doctor :   radiation therapy is given for thyroid in cases of cancer
Doctor :   it is a modality of treatment in people who cannot undergo
Doctor :   surgery
User :   not tht I want to know about radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   in hyperthyroidism it is
Doctor :   action is less rapid than
Doctor :   antithyroid drugs
User :   ok..
Doctor :   advantage is it doesnt require hospitalization
Doctor :   it may lead excess destruction and can lead to hypothyroid
Doctor :   but there is limited or no chances of getting cancers due to this
Doctor :   but it should not be given in patients with eye
User :   ok....if hypothyroidism results...then?
Doctor :   manifestations in hyperthyroidism
Doctor :   then it has to be treated with thyroxin
Doctor :   or thyroid supplements
User :   wht you mean by eye manifestation?pls explain
Doctor :   the eye manifestations in hyperthyroidism like bulging of eyes
Doctor :   widening of eyes
Doctor :   squint
Doctor :   eye dryness
User :   ok...got it
Doctor :   it also should not be given in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
User :   this thyroid supplement...till when shud we take?
Doctor :   as it can cause damage of fetal and baby's thyroid
Doctor :   may be life long
Doctor :   depends on the extent of damage
Doctor :   but usually the aim of radioactive iodine therapy
Doctor :   is to get a degree of hypothyroid
Doctor :   other than that there are very few adverse effects
User :   ok....
Doctor :   it takes 4-5 months to act
User :   is there any other alternative way to permanently cure hyperthroidism
Doctor :   there are antithyroid drugs
Doctor :   and surgery is also an option
Doctor :   that depends on the type
Doctor :   of hyperthyroidism
Doctor :   if there is Graves disease then drugs are considered
Doctor :   if there is multinodular goitre
Doctor :   then surgery is considered
Doctor :   please confirm your details
User :   well i have undergone antityroid drug treatmnt for 3yrs now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what is the nature of hyperthyroidism?
User :   but no big changes
Doctor :   do you have graves or multinodular goitre?
User :   graves disease
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   have you tried iodine?
Doctor :   iodine therapy?
Doctor :   like potassium iodide?
User :   no now doc has asked for radioacrive treatment
Doctor :   ok
User :   radioactive iodine trtmnt
Doctor :   you can consider that if you are not pregnant or dont intend to in the near furure
User :   but only scared tht i wud need to take thyroid suppl for life long
Doctor :   the aim of radioactive iodine
Doctor :   is to get hypothyroidism
User :   ok...so iam seeking any other way to cure this permanently
Doctor :   and then depending on the titre
Doctor :   the supplements are given
Doctor :   after some time if your thyroid normalises
Doctor :   then you may not need hypothyroid medicines
User :   one more thing how much will this radioactive treatment cost
Doctor :   there is surgery also
Doctor :   that depends on the hospital
Doctor :   the price varies
User :   ok....but surgery is prefered only for above 40 years?
Doctor :   also if radioactive iodine is not possible
User :   can you pls specify in which price range it would be?
Doctor :   it also depends on the extent of your condition
Doctor :   and the number of sittings you may need
User :   ok
Doctor :   hence we cannot roughly also guess
User :   is this treatment covered in medical insurance??
Doctor :   if hyperthyroidism is covered
Doctor :   then radioactive iodine
Doctor :   would also be covered
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User :   no i will get back if i have any query...thanks for your help
Doctor :   ok
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User :   yes done
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