A 47-year-old female asked:
Graves disease, mixedema and exopthalmos , scheduled for compete thyroidectomy bc not responding to treatment. will these 2 resolve after surgery?
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Dr. Gerald Mandellanswered
Nuclear Medicine 54 years experience
Exopthalmos maybe: Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) is much easier treated by radioactive ablation with i131 than surgery.Complications of surgery do not occur. The radioactive iodine destroys the gland making patient hypo or nothyroid. While exophthalmos generally improves with correction of hyperthyroidism, not always the case.Myxedema is not related to hyperthyroidism but is the same as severe hypothyroidism.
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