Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anne | 2011/03/23


11 yr old diagnosed with Graves disease

HI Doc, my 11yr old daughter has been diagnosed with Graves disease a week ago. She is on 40mg of Carbimazole a day. She developed a sore throat and was taken off the meds. Her white bloodcell count is also a little low. The paediatric endocrynologist suggested that if the carbimazole does not work, the next best option is surgery or the radioactive iodine - which sounds really scary. What is a better option 2 if she has to stop the carbimazole? Any advice would really be appreciated. Anne

Expert's Reply



Your daughter has an overactive thyroid gland which is known as Hyperthyroidism or Grave's disease. Do not be alarmed by the name 'Grave's' as this is the name of the doctor who first described this condition many years ago. Your daughter is being correctly treated. If the carbimazole does not work then the correct second option is radioactive iodine. Despite its name radioactive iodine is remarkably safe and very effective.

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