Hypothesis: Persistently normal TSH levels may be used to recognize patients with transient forms of hypothyroidism and to suggest treatment withdrawal

H. Tandeter, M. Fraenkel

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Abstract

There are no text-book recommendations on when or if treatment should or could be stopped in patients with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism, and these patients usually receive lifelong thyroxine therapy (despite the fact that some of them may have forms of transient hypothyroidism that will later recover function). Since TSH fluctuations during thyroxine treatment are common and a lack of this fluctuation might be used to identify patients who no longer need thyroxine treatment, we hypothesize that by offering patients with persistently controlled TSH levels a withdrawal trial of thyroxine treatment we may identify those who no longer need life-long treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-123
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Volume116
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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