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Snowy beats hyperthyroidism with New Radioactive Iodine Treatment!
7 January 2018
Snowy is a 13yr DSH who is owned by one of our student veterinary nurses. She began losing weight a few months ago and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in July 2017. Feline hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine (glandular) disorder which results is excessive release of thyroid hormone. Treatment for the condition can be undertaken with oral medication for the remaining life expectancy of the cat, a specialised diet, surgical intervention to remove the thyroid gland(s), or radioactive iodine therapy.
Snowy was started on medical treatment for this condition and responded well, however her owners were keen to consider radioactive iodine treatment as this is the gold standard of treatment. Radioactive iodine has a success rate of 95%. It involves giving a single subcutaneous injection (the injection is given in the same way as a vaccination) and a single injection can be curative. Snowy was referred to our or our medicine specialists, Stephanie Lalor, and she was screened to ensure she was suitable for the treatment.
The screening involved performing blood work, urine samples and blood pressure measurements. Snowy passed with flying colours and she was treated with the radioactive iodine. Due to the radioactive nature of the treatment patients have to stay with us for 15 days after injection. Vicky Maund, our lead radioactive iodine nurse, was in charge of the day to day care for Snowy while she was with us. She was housed in a luxury double-sized cat condo and remained very bright and happy while with us. She made excellent progress and gained weight while with us and her thyroid level was with within normal limits on discharge.
Snowy’s hyperthyroidism has been cured with one single dose of the injection and she will require no medication for this in the future.
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