Thyroid arterial embolization for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in a patient with thyrotoxic crisis.

Authors:
Wei Zhao
Wei Zhao
School of Public Health
New Haven | United States
Gen-Fa Yi
Gen-Fa Yi
Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology
China
Hui-Ying Yang
Hui-Ying Yang
Kunming Medical College
China
Hong Li
Hong Li
Research Center for Brain Function and Psychological Science
China

Clin Invest Med 2009 Feb 1;32(1):E78-83. Epub 2009 Feb 1.

Medical Imaging Center, First Affiliated Hospital, Kunming Medical College, Yunnan Province, China.

Purpose: We report a case of hyperthyroidism in a young woman caused by Graves' disease that was successfully treated with thyroid arterial embolization.

Clinical Details: A 35 year-old woman with a history of thyrotoxic crises was admitted after the last thyroid crisis. Thyroid arterial embolization was used to treat the hyperthyroidism after it had been controlled. Immediately after embolization, the enlarged thyroid gland shrank and vascular murmurs disappeared. Serum thyroid hormones increased on day 3 following embolization but decreased gradually. Thyroid hormone returned to normal 2 months after embolization and remained normal at three years.

Conclusion: Thyroid arterial embolization is an effective means to treat refractory hyperthyroidism.

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