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January 1976

Recurrent Hyperthyroidism After Thyroidectomy

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From the Northland Thyroid Laboratory, Southfield, Mich.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360190093023

• For 53 patients with toxic recurrent goiter (TRG), the interval between thyroidectomy and recurrent hyperthyroidism ranged from six months to 50 years (average, 12.4 ± 11.9 years). Recurrent hyperthyroidism may occur in older patients for whom cardiac decompensation may be the initial manifestation. Reports on surgically treated hyperthyroid patients may underestimate the incidence of TRG unless follow-up is extended for many years.

(Arch Surg 111:91-92, 1976)