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Andrew L Bodey
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 6, Iss. 6, 27 Jul 2015, pp 344 - 351

Feline hyperthyroidism (FH) is the most common endocrinopathy in older cats but is still underdiagnosed. Since the first reported case prevalence has continuously increased. In the UK general practitioners rely mostly on medical management. Recent studies show that the prevalence of carcinoma rises from approximately 2 to 20% following long-term medication. The life expectancy is double with radioiodine treatment compared with medication. Radioiodine is now more available in the UK than at any time both in the number of centres and the reduction in the minimum hospitalisation period to only 5 days. The veterinary nurse has a key role to play in educating cat owners of clinical signs to aid early diagnosis, helping explain treatment choices and in supporting long-term management of this growing patient group.

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