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Later onset, longer duration of Graves’ hyperthyroidism, smoking predictors for Graves’ orbitopathy

Patients prescribed antithyroid medication had an 86% lower odds of developing orbitopathy vs. patients not on antithyroid medication (OR = 0.14; 95% CI, 0.06-0.34). Predictors of dysthyroid optic neuropathy included earlier age of orbitopathy onset, smaller palpebral aperture, moderate to severe restriction of oculomotility, strabismus and active orbitopathy. The odds of neuropathy increased by 58% for every decade increase in age of orbitopathy onset. – by Jennifer Byrne


I was diagnosed by my eyes and was a smoker at the time.  It took a further two years before anyone mentioned the relationship between smoking and thyroid eye disease and to date only one opthalmologist has raised the point that optimal thyroid medication is essential.

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Thanks for posting, Shambles.

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