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Radioactive Iodine Treatment of Hyperthyroidism in Cats
Hyperthyroidism is a relatively common problem seen typically in middle-aged cats. It usually caused by a benign, thyroid hormone secreting tumour.
Excessive circulating thyroid hormone leads to a multisystemic disorder as reflected by the wide range of actions normally regulated by thyroid hormones.
Typically, the disease is characterised by weight loss in the face of a normal or increased appetite, hyperactivity, and an elevated heart rate and a palpably enlarged thyroid (goitre). However, given that almost any body system can be affected by hyperthyroidism, a wide variety of possible clinical signs that can be associated with this condition.
Spontaneous remission of hyperthyroidism does not occur. Treatment is aimed at removing or destroying the abnormal thyroid tissue. Medical management is aimed at interfering with the synthesis and release of thyroid hormone or reducing thyroid hormone influence on peripheral tissues.
Radioactive iodine is recognised as the treatment of choice for feline hyperthyroidism and it is widely acknowledged as the safest, simplest and most effective treatment for this condition. Up to 90% of hyperthyroid cats treated with radioactive iodine will experience remission. The radioactive iodine selectively destroys the thyroid hormone secreting tumour.
Before undergoing radioactive iodine treatment our veterinarians will conduct a thorough physical examination and blood tests to ensure that this treatment is suitable for your cat.
The Ballarat Veterinary Practice is one of the few places in central Victoria that is licenced, experienced and equipped to treat hyperthyroid cats with radioactive iodine.
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