A case of amiodarone-induced hypothyroidism in a mild to moderate iodine deficiency area

Roberto Vita, Salvatore Benvenga

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Thyroid dysfunction associated to amiodarone treatment depends on iodine intake, as thyrotoxicosis occurs more frequently in iodine deficiency areas, whereas hypothyroidism in iodine sufficient areas. We present here a case of severe overt hypothyroidism induced by prolonged treatment with amiodarone for atrial fibrillation in a man living in a low iodine intake area. The case was managed with levothyroxine (LT4) replacement and amiodarone withdrawal. Euthyroidism was restored after two months, and atrial fibrillation has not relapsed to date.

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amiodarone; hypothyroidism; iodine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6092/1828-6550/APMB.105.2.2017.A6

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