Treatment of childhood Graves' disease
WILLIAM J. LEVY, MD
Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007
O. PETER SCHUMACHER, MD, PHD
MANJULA GUPTA, PHD
Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism in children. Because of complications with either thyroid surgery or antithyroid drug therapy, the authors prefer high-dose radioiodine as the initial treatment of choice. Long-term follow-up studies have not shown an increased incidence of malignancy in the patients or birth defects in their offspring.