A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients, bringing to you, the patients, the most up-to-date, cutting edge thyroid research. What you read here as research studies will likely become the accepted practice in the future. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in a recent 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.

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In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  • Is there an easier and quicker way to diagnose thyroid storm?
  • Can a new test actually predict remission in Graves’ disease?
  • Can patients with pituitary disease be hypothyroid with normal thyroid blood tests?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery to TSH-secreting pituitary tumors?
  • Can surgery in family members with medullary thyroid cancer be safely delayed until calcitionin levels rise?
  • Does thyroid cancer staging in younger patients need to be re-evaluated?

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.

Have a happy and healthy rest of the summer!


— Alan P. Farwell, MD