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Can you have ablation therapy done in a child for grave's disease?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: Depends on age

Although most pediatric endocrinologist would consider rai ablation to be safe in children above the age of 7 (with no contraindications) if dosed appropriately, i tend to reserve such approach to the moderate and sever cases where medication induced remission will be low (only 30-40% remission rate at best achieved with anti thyroid medication hence the tendency to go for rai route in most cases).

In brief: Depends on age

Although most pediatric endocrinologist would consider rai ablation to be safe in children above the age of 7 (with no contraindications) if dosed appropriately, i tend to reserve such approach to the moderate and sever cases where medication induced remission will be low (only 30-40% remission rate at best achieved with anti thyroid medication hence the tendency to go for rai route in most cases).
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

It has been proof to be safe.

In brief: Yes

It has been proof to be safe.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: This is an option

Iodine 131 ablation is one of the techniques used to rx graves.
The specialty centers involved usually try medical treatments first but if control is not acheived after 3 months, another mode may be indicated.I've read of use down to 7yo but the choice should be made in after discussing pro's&cons with your endo md.Ablation will mean daily thyroid medication for life & monitoring for complications.

In brief: This is an option

Iodine 131 ablation is one of the techniques used to rx graves.
The specialty centers involved usually try medical treatments first but if control is not acheived after 3 months, another mode may be indicated.I've read of use down to 7yo but the choice should be made in after discussing pro's&cons with your endo md.Ablation will mean daily thyroid medication for life & monitoring for complications.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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