I. R. MCDOUGALL, M.B., CH.B., PH.D.
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To the editor: I should like to comment on the paper "Radiation-Related Thyroid Dysfunction: Implications for the Treatment of Hodgkin's Disease" by Schimpff and colleagues (1) in the January issue. They state that at present there are no reports of patients with Hodgkin's disease treated by radiotherapy who later had developed thyroid cancer. There are, in fact, a small number of such cases (2-5). One of these patients was subsequently found not to have Hodgkin's disease, and the radiation doses prescribed were somewhat lower than those currently used. In addition to these, we have encountered four patients who developed thyroid
MCDOUGALL IR. The Thyroid Gland and Radiation for Hodgkin's Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;92:572. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-4-572_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(4):572.
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