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Prognosis

Many people with Graves' disease who are treated with anti-thyroid drugs have prolonged remissions of their illness.

Radioactive iodine also is an effective treatment for Graves' disease. It is almost always used in patients with overproducing thyroid nodules.

Many people will develop an underactive thyroid following radioactive iodine treatment. This is called hypothyroidism. This condition is easily treated with daily thyroid replacement medication.

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