Graves’ Disease following Interferon Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis C Infection

Omayma El Shafie, Samir Hussein, Waheed El Awady, Nicholas Woodhouse

Abstract


We describe the first case of Graves’ disease occurring at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman, in a patient who was under treatment with interferon alfa for HCV infection. INF-α is now being widely used to treat patients with a variety of disorders including infection with hepatitis C virus. Clinical thyroid disease, hypo and hyperthyroidism can occur in up to 15% of patients. We emphasize the need for thyroid function screening before and during therapy to identify patients early in the course of their disease. 

Keywords


Interferon; Thyroid function test; Thyrotoxicosis; Antibodies, thyroid; Case Report, Oman.

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