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October 3, 1980

Treatment of Graves' Disease-Reply

JAMA. 1980;244(14):1558. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310140018011

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In Reply.—  The main objective is to prevent the patient with severe Graves' exophthalmos from becoming hypothyroid. We usually use an alternative approach of close follow-up of such patients after131I therapy and institution of thyroid hormone replacement as soon as the serum thyroxine value drops into the lower normal range.