Prevention of Overt Hypothyroidism Following Radioactive Iodine Therapy for Graves Disease
Trial status: Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
The study will try to answer the question of whether early treatment with levothyroxine at 4 weeks after radioactive iodine for Graves'disease will prevent overt hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels).
Who is eligible to participate?
Inclusion criteria target all adult patients (ages 18-70 years) with GD who will receive RAI for treatment of GD. Patient with clinically manifest GO will be excluded from the study. We will also exclude patients with recent (<1 yr.) history of arrhythmias or any history of ventricular arrhythmias, those with preexistent cardiomyopathy, those with malnutrition and those with psychiatric history that could get worse if patient remains persistently hyperthyroid. Patients unlikely to return for the planned follow-up visits, to comply with the blood drawing schedule and with the completion of the hypothyroid-HDQL and TQS questionnaires will also be excluded.