Does Potassium Iodide (SSKI) Reduce Vascularity in Graves' Thyroidectomy?

2019-09-12 02:34:41 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this research is to find out if SSKI (Potassium Iodide) reduces vascularity (the number and concentration of blood vessels) and improves how well patients do after surgery for removal of their whole thyroid gland in Graves' disease (an autoimmune disease that is a common cause of hyperthyroidism).


Patients with Graves' disease and goiters tend to have very vascular thyroid glands, which increases operative bleeding risks/rates. Many surgeons treat these patients with preoperative SSKI which is believed to decrease the vascularity, which in turn may decrease bleeding risks. However, there has been no quantitative data published on whether this is a real effect with true clinical benefit, in either animal or human models with SSKI. There have been some studies in Europe studying Lugol's solution, a different formulation of iodine, which show some decreased vascularity using color Doppler or measurements of CD34 cells.

Study Design


Graves Disease


SSKI- Potassium Iodide


Columbia University Medical Center
New York
New York
United States




Columbia University

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