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HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS REQUIRING TREATMENT WITH LEVOTHYROXINE:ANALYSIS OF ITS SONOGRAPHIC FEATURES
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Pages: 268-271
Year: Issue:  3
Journal: Acta Aacademiae Medical Qingdao Universitatis

Keyword:  thyroiditisautoimmunethyroid glandultrasonographythyroid function teststhyroxine;
Abstract: Objective To investigate the ultrasonic features of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis(HT)that needed to be treated with Levothyroxinet. Methods A total of 126 HT patients were recruited,of whom,65 had been treated with oral Levothyroxine for more than half a year,and the other 61 were not treated with this medicine prior.Using ultrasonography to detect the echo features of the thyroid in patients of the two groups and employing chemiluminescence to determine thyroid function. Results Ultrasonography revealed that in patients treated with Levothyroxine,in different thyroid function classifications,the differences in the characteristics of thyroid capsule and Doppler blood flow were significant(Hc=7.998,26.888;P<0.01),and those who were not treated with Levothyroxine,in different thyroid function classifications,the differences in thyroid echo intensity and Doppler blood flow were significant(Hc=9.450,35.041;P<0.05). Conclusion Ultrasound features of thyroid can reflect the progression extent of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,which provides reliable information for assessment of Levothyroxine in treating the disease.
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