New guidelines for hyperthyroidism

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Takeaway

  • The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has released updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism and other causes of thyrotoxicosis, including 124 evidence-based recommendations on the basis of an extensive literature review.

Background

  • A task force of experts from North America, South America, and Europe reviewed published research on the diagnosis and treatment of thyrotoxicosis.
  • Funding: Study funded by ATA

What’s new in the guidelines

  • A revised list of the most common causes of thyrotoxicosis.
  • Evaluation of the etiology of the disease.
  • Management of Graves’ disease using antithyroid drugs.
  • Management of hyperthyroidism during pregnancy.
  • How to prepare patients for thyroid surgery.
  • Expanded sections on rare causes of the disease.

Additional topics covered

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