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Surgery. 1987 Dec;102(6):1055-61.

The effect of preoperative Lugol's iodine on thyroid blood flow in patients with Graves' hyperthyroidism.

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Department of Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, U.K.


A study was conducted to investigate the effect of Lugol's iodine on the superior thyroid artery (STA) blood flow with use of a Duplex ultrasound scanner for 12 patients with Graves' disease. All patients were treated with antithyroid drugs until they were euthyroid and then, with randomization, the patients received either Lugol's iodine, 0.3 ml thrice daily, or placebo for 9 days in a double-blind fashion. Antithyroid drugs were continued throughout the study. Reduction in the diameter, time-averaged velocity (TAV), and volume flow (VF) of the STAs was demonstrated in all patients in the treatment group, whereas there were no consistent trends in the placebo group. The changes in TAV and VF were significantly different between the placebo and treatment groups (p less than 0.01 for TAV and p less than 0.005 for VF). These changes were more marked in patients with high initial VF and minimal in patients with low initial VF. On the basis of these results, we recommend that patients with high thyroid blood flow before thyroidectomy should receive Lugol's iodine preoperatively.

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