Managing paediatric Graves’ disease

Rashmi Aggarwal, Pradeep Chugh, Mitra Basu


Graves’ disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in children. Anti-thyroid drug treatment with carbimazole or its active metabolite methimazole is offered as first line initial treatment but it induces remission in only 30%of children. Propylthiouracil is not recommended in children because of its association with severe hepatic toxicity. For those who relapse after ATD, radioactive iodine can be offered as definitive therapy except in cases with severe Graves’ ophthalmopathy or patients with large goitre who are the candidates for surgery. Total (or near total) thyroidectomy  is the surgical procedure of choice for treating paediatric patients with  Graves’ disease as it reduces the risk of recurrent hyperthyroidism which was seen in patients undergoing subtotal or partial thyroidectomy.


Hyperthyroidism, Anti-thyroid drugs, Radioactive iodine, Thyroidectomy

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