Vol 58, No 1 (2007)
Case report
Published online: 2007-01-31

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Thyroidectomy as the last chance treatment for life threatening thyrotoxicosis. Case report

Małgorzata Gietka-Czernel, Helena Jastrzębska, Agnieszka Dudek, Marek Szczepkowski, Wojciech Zgliczyński
Endokrynol Pol 2007;58(1):52-57.


The case of 54-year old woman with severe Graves’ thyrotoxicosis and antithyroid drugs intolerance is presented. She was admitted to Endocrinology Department and therapy with propranolol, lithium, glucocorticoids, iodine contrast media was instituted. Then ablative dose of radioiodine was given; all these appeared to be ineffective. To avoid thyrotoxic storm thyroidectomy was undertaken. Surgical procedure was uneventful and successful. Surgical intervention should be considered in severe life-threatening cases of thyrotoxicosis.

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