A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients. This publication is a collection of summaries of the top articles from the recent medical literature that cover the broad spectrum of thyroid disorders. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in the previous month’s issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. This means that you, the patients, are getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians. The Calendar of Events highlights educational forums and support groups that are organized around the country by members of the Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, the Graves’ Disease Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association.

The American Thyroid Association recently came out with guidelines for the management of hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. Our patient education brochures have been updated with this latest information. We have included the updated Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease brochures on pages 14 and 16.


  • How do you choose the best dose of radioactive iodine for treatment of Graves’ disease?
  • Can selenium help Graves’ eye disease?
  • Should women with subclinical hypothyroidism start treatment before staring infertility treatment?
  • Can we predict the course of Hashimotos thyroiditis?
  • Can we identify which patients on interferon therapy will develop thyroid problems?
  • Can we identify which benign thyroid nodules will grow?
  • Is the recent increase in thyroid cancer due to increased frequency of gene mutation?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you want to see in this publication. I hope you find these summaries interesting and informative.


— Alan P. Farwell, MD