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Törring, O., Watt, T., Sjölin, G., Byström, K., Abraham-Nordling, M., Calissendorff, J., . . . Wallin, G. (2019). Impaired Quality of Life After Radioiodine Therapy Compared to Antithyroid Drugs or Surgical Treatment for Graves' Hyperthyroidism: A Long-Term Follow-Up with the Thyroid-Related Patient-Reported Outcome Questionnaire and 36-Item Short Form Health Status Survey. Thyroid, 29(3), 322-331
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Impaired Quality of Life After Radioiodine Therapy Compared to Antithyroid Drugs or Surgical Treatment for Graves' Hyperthyroidism: A Long-Term Follow-Up with the Thyroid-Related Patient-Reported Outcome Questionnaire and 36-Item Short Form Health Status Survey
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2019 (English)In: Thyroid, ISSN 1050-7256, E-ISSN 1557-9077, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 322-331Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Hyperthyroidism is known to have a significant impact on quality of life (QoL), at least in the short term. The purpose of the present study was to assess QoL in patients 6–10 years after treatment for Graves' disease (GD) with radioiodine (RAI) compared to those treated with thyroidectomy or antithyroid drugs (ATD) as assessed with both thyroid-specific Thyroid-Related Patient-Reported Outcome (ThyPRO) questionnaire and general (36-item Short Form Health Status) QoL survey.

Methods: The study evaluated 1186 GD patients in a sub-cohort from an incidence study 2003–2005 who had been treated according to routine clinical practice at seven participating centers. Patients were included if they had returned the ThyPRO (n = 975) and/or the 36-item Short Form Health Status survey questionnaire (n = 964) and informed consent at follow-up. Scores from ThyPRO were compared to scores from a general population sample (n = 712) using multiple linear regression adjusting for age and sex as well as multiple testing. Treatment-related QoL outcome for ATD, RAI, and surgery were compared, including adjustment for the number of treatments received, sex, age, and comorbidity.

Results: Regardless of treatment modality, patients with GD had worse thyroid-related QoL 6–10 years after diagnosis compared to the general population. Patients treated with RAI had worse thyroid-related and general QoL than patients treated with ATD or thyroidectomy on the majority of QoL scales. Sensitivity analyses supported the relative negative comparative effects of RAI treatment on QoL in patients with hyperthyroidism.

Conclusions: GD is associated with a lower QoL many years after treatment compared to the general population. In a previous small randomized controlled trial, no difference was found in patient satisfaction years after ATD, RAI, or surgery. Now, it is reported that in a large non-randomized cohort, patients who received RAI had adverse scores on ThyPRO and 36-item Short Form Health Status survey. These findings in a Swedish population are limited by comparison to normative data from Denmark, older age, and possibly a more prolonged course in those patients who received RAI, and a lack of information regarding thyroid status at the time of evaluation. The way RAI may adversely affect QoL is unknown, but since the results may be important for future considerations regarding treatment options for GD, they need to be substantiated in further studies.

Graves' disease, QoL, ThyPRO, SF-36, radioiodine, long-term
National Category
Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382666 (URN)10.1089/thy.2018.0315 (DOI)000463863300002 ()30667296 (PubMedID)
Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Society of Medicine
Available from: 2019-05-07 Created: 2019-05-07 Last updated: 2019-05-07Bibliographically approved
Sjölin, G., Holmberg, M., Törring, O., Byström, K., Khamisi, S., de Laval, D., . . . Wallin, G. (2019). The Long-Term Outcome of Treatment for Graves' Hyperthyroidism. Thyroid, 29(11), 1545-1557
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Long-Term Outcome of Treatment for Graves' Hyperthyroidism
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2019 (English)In: Thyroid, ISSN 1050-7256, E-ISSN 1557-9077, Vol. 29, no 11, p. 1545-1557Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: The treatment efficacy of antithyroid drug (ATD) therapy, radioactive iodine (I-131), or surgery for Graves' hyperthyroidism is well described. However, there are a few reports on the long-term total outcome of each treatment modality regarding how many require levothyroxine supplementation, the need of thyroid ablation, or the individual patient's estimation of their recovery. Methods: We conducted a pragmatic trial to determine the effectiveness and adverse outcome in a patient cohort newly diagnosed with Graves' hyperthyroidism between 2003 and 2005 (n = 2430). The patients were invited to participate in a longitudinal study spanning 8 +/- 0.9 years (mean +/- standard deviation) after diagnosis. We were able to follow 1186 (60%) patients who had been treated with ATD, I-131, or surgery. We determined the mode of treatment, remission rate, recurrence, quality of life, demographic data, comorbidities, and lifestyle factors through questionnaires and a review of the individual's medical history records. Results: At follow-up, the remission rate after first-line treatment choice with ATD was 45.3% (351/774), with I-131 therapy 81.5% (324/264), and with surgery 96.3% (52/54). Among those patients who had a second course of ATD, 29.4% achieved remission (vs. the 45.3% after the first course of ATD). The total number of patients who had undergone ablative treatment was 64.3% (763/1186), of whom 23% (278/1186) had received surgery, 43% (505/1186) had received I-131 therapy, including 2% (20/1186) who had received both surgery and I-131. Patients who received ATD as first-line treatment and possibly additional ATD had 49.7% risk (385/774) of having undergone ablative treatment at follow-up. Levothyroxine replacement was needed in 23% (81/351) of the initially ATD treated in remission, in 77.3% (204/264) of the I-131 treated, and in 96.2% (50/52) of the surgically treated patients. Taken together after 6-10 years, and all treatment considered, normal thyroid hormone status without thyroxine supplementation was only achieved in 35.7% (423/1186) of all patients and in only 40.3% of those initially treated with ATD. The proportion of patients that did not feel fully recovered at follow-up was 25.3%. Conclusion: A patient selecting ATD therapy as the initial approach in the treatment of Graves' hyperthyroidism should be informed that they have only a 50.3% chance of ultimately avoiding ablative treatment and only a 40% chance of eventually being euthyroid without thyroid medication. Surprisingly, 1 in 4 patients did not feel fully recovered after 6-10 years. The treatment for Graves' hyperthyroidism, thus, has unexpected long-term consequences for many patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mary Ann Liebert, 2019
hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease, antithyroid drugs, radioiodine, thyroidectomy, long-term follow-up, recurrence, remission
National Category
Endocrinology and Diabetes Surgery
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398569 (URN)10.1089/thy.2019.0085 (DOI)000496906000003 ()31482765 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-09Bibliographically approved
Khamisi, S., Lindgren, P. & Karlsson, F. A. (2014). A rare case of dyshormonogenetic fetal goiter responding to intra-amniotic thyroxine injections. European thyroid journal, 3(1), 51-56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A rare case of dyshormonogenetic fetal goiter responding to intra-amniotic thyroxine injections
2014 (English)In: European thyroid journal, ISSN 2235-0640, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 51-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Fetal goiter was detected by routine ultrasound in early pregnancy, gestational week (GW) 18, in a 28-year-old woman with no thyroid history, normal thyroid hormone levels and no TSH receptor or thyroid peroxidase antibodies. An umbilical cord blood sample was drawn in GW 23. The analysis indicated fetal hypothyroidism with TSH >100 mU/l (reference value 6.8 ± 2.9, mean ± SD), fT4 3.8 pmol/l (reference value 16.5 ± 5.3, mean ± SD). Intra-amniotic injections of thyroxine were given in conjunction with ultrasound every 7-10 days, in total nine times during GW 24-33. A dose of 10 µg thyroxine/kg of estimated fetal weight per day was administered on six occasions, and 5 µg/kg/day the last three times. Upon injections of thyroxine further growth of the goiter was reduced. Elevated amniotic TSH levels fell from 13 to 2.5 mU/l (reference range 0.04-0.51). Throughout pregnancy, fetal heart rate and skeletal maturation were within normal limits. In week 34, chorioamnionitis was suspected and the child was delivered by cesarean section. Cord blood revealed TSH 596 mU/l (reference value 8.0 ± 5.12, mean ± SD), fT4 4.4 pmol/l (reference value 19.3 ± 4.3, mean ± SD) and total T3 1.18 nmol/l (reference value 0.5 ± 0.3, mean ± SD); the newborn was put on thyroxine supplementation. Psychomotor development of the child, now 3 years old, has been uneventful. The reported experience of treating dyshormonogenetic fetal goiter is limited but growing, creating a need for guidelines on administration of intra-amniotic thyroxine and monitoring treatment.

National Category
Clinical Medicine
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278418 (URN)10.1159/000357973 (DOI)24847466 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2016-02-24 Created: 2016-02-24 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved

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