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Iodine Induced Hyperthyroidism

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Iodine Induced Hyperthyroidism

Postby Costello » Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:11 am

Hello, Last year my daughter was diagnosed with Graves Disease.  The doctor has asked several times about a family history and I have answered several times...there is no family history of any type of thyroid disease or problem.  

Why and how she got it has baffled me since then. I recently heard about "iodine induced hyperthyroidism" which has me wondering could an injection of iodine have caused this.  In December she had a cardiac scan and she says the lady told her she had to give her "a lot" to make sure the scan would not have to be repeated.  Should some type of test been done to see if she was allergic to iodine before giving it to her.  In February I began to notice changes in her and demanded a "thyroid function test" and the numbers were off the chart. I feel strongly feel that the iodine caused her present condition.  What do you suggest?

ANSWER: Always baffles me why people approach a lawyer before a doctor to answer questions like this. This is a medical question. When you know the answer to that, you can then think about the legal ramifications. I know less about this subject than you do but you should do much further research on the subject.  My assumptions are these: you daughter showed low thryroid(hypothyroid) and this is why you were asked about family history. First thing, how low was it? You need to know that to answer the question of whether she was treated appropriately. Then I assume for some reason she went from hypo to hyperthyroid. What causes that? Over supplementation I suppose. Next, you tell me, if you stop supplementing will the levels go back down?  Was the iodine supplement the appropriate treatment? Was the dosage correct? Assuming that proper dosaging will bring her to a normal level, the answer to the legal aspect is this: There were be no case. My other assumption is that she would have no ill effects even if she was overdosed briefly and this I can tell you: Unless she suffered major and long term health problems because of getting too much iodine, there is no legal case. Not sufficient damages. Cases with a potential value below 6 figures just don't fly. Bottom line: determine if she will be OK, any damage reversed. If that is the case, forget anything about a lawsuit. But do the medical research on line answer your questions.

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No disrespect, but I must have not made myself clear.  The doctor is baffled his self and I am doing further research to answer my questions because since there is no family history of hyper or hypo thyroids I am concerned how it just suddenly occurred.  I asked because you  are on here as “the expert”!  

Your assumptions are wrong.  I think I clearly explained that my daughter had NO thyroid problems until after the heart scan.  She began seeing a doctor after she started with unexplainable symptoms.  Thank God as a former Paramedic I picked up the signs and symptoms and asked for a “thyroid function test”.  Still the doctor was refusing, hearing, but listening to me.  Finally he ordered the test after my daughter gave me her “medical consent “ to act on her behalf and only then after months was the test ordered and when it came back it indicated hyperthyroidism in the form of Graves Disease.  That is when the doctors kept asking about a family history of  hyperthyroidism.

Iodine was given during the heart scan in December and her symptoms began to show in January thru April when she was diagnosed.   Prior to this she was in perfect health, now she has a disease which affects every cell in her body, so there are definitely ill effects, major and long term health problems.  We recently attended a funeral of someone who died because her hyperrealism was undiagnosed for so long.  

So please do not minimize the importance of the thyroid or the effect it can have on the body.  No she will not be okay as she has a disease with no cure and treatments could also cause harm by reversing her from hyper to hypo.  It’s not about the money, it’s about doing harm or causing harm to a healthy person that they will have to life with for life.

ANSWER: Sir, I am not a doctor. I have not been to medical school. I am a lawyer. I am not an EXPERT in anything "medical" and no lawyer is unless they are also a medical doctor. We lawyers who do medical malpractice cases rely upon medical specialists to support our cases. Of course we learn a lot of medical along the way but that doesn't allow you to expect me to be able to answer you questions as if I were an endocrinologist. I won't try to respond to your question. I did the best I could with the caveat that I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  You need to pose these questions to an ENDOCRINOLOGIST. But me, not being a doctor, thinks a person can live with a thyroid gland altogether. I'm asking you: don't many people undergo thyroidectomy(removal of thyroid) for cancer? They live full lives don't they? People live with Graves disease. Find one article that says Graves disease can result from circumstances you describe. Maybe that happens.  I DON'T KNOW but why are you so stupid to expect correct answers from a lawyer. Contact an expert in ENDOCRINOLOGY. And to provide a legal answer, whether you have a malpractice case or not, any lawyer would also have to speak with that endocrinologist. Get it?

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Thank You Madam Smart Ass!  As for calling me stupid look in the mirror.  You are on this site as "Ask the Expert" which seems to know nothing.  No wonder people call lawyers lynches, someone else does the work and they collect the money.  Medical Malpractice...change your field, but if you respond to clients as you have me, you probaly don't or won't have many long.  All they need is a DO IT YOURSELF BOOK.
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Iodine Induced Hyperthyroidism

Postby Collis » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:06 pm

Please refer to me as MR. SmartAss.  Anyhow, I did regret using the word "stupid" and I apologize for that. But really, why are you asking these medical questions of a lawyer? That IS stupid. Any lawyer would just have to get the medical records and consult with a doctor/specialist in the field. Lawyers have not gone to medical school. They are not doctors. They hire doctors to answer these questions. If you are seeking answers to medical questions/mysteries, and are not asking people who are trained in the field, you are going down the wrong road. Go down the right road and if the specialist there says the doctors really screwed up, then contact a lawyer. Sincerely, Mr. Smart Ass.

Hey Buddy:  I get no $$$$$$ for trying to answer people's legal questions. I do it for free and for the purpose of trying to help people. That's it. Now look at all the time I spent trying my best to give you guidance and you(I will apologize for calling you stupid) simple won't understand my point. Perhaps ignorance was a better term. Lawyers don't and can't answer medical questions. You ask a doctor if you have medical questions. The legal answers I gave you were rated a 10.  Also know the rating doesn't mean a thing. I dont get paid or rewarded in anyway for putting up with ignorant ungrateful people such as yourself
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