Radiation therapy of Graves' ophthalmopathy

T. Kawamura, S. Koga, H. Anno, S. Komai

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During the decade from 1978 to 1987, 20 patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy were treated with irradiation of 2000 cGy to the orbital tissue. We examined the effects of the therapy on 17 such patients. Exophthalmos tended to decrease. When the degree of deviation of the exophthalmic eye was small, the effect of therapy tended to be better than when it was large. Two cases that showed an increase in retrobulbar fatty tissue without thickening of the extraocular muscles did not respond as well as those that had thickening of the extraocular muscles. Diplopia tended to improve both subjectively and objectively. Ocular movement improved in 11 of the 17 patients. There were no serious radiation injuries after the radiation therapy, except for some transient swelling of the eyelid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-85
Number of pages8
JournalNippon Igaku Hoshasen Gakkai zasshi. Nippon acta radiologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25-01-1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology


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