Trending Clinical Topics for March 2018

Ryan Syrek

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March 30, 2018

Clinical Trend of the Week (March 3-9): Graves Disease

The revelation of a celebrity's illness, combined with the release of results from two clinical trials, caused an increase in the popularity of this week's top search term. Talk show host Wendy Williams is taking a hiatus from her daytime program to deal with health issues caused by Graves disease. The autoimmune disease is characterized by hyperthyroidism and is associated with a host of potential complications. One of those, Graves orbitopathy, was the subject of two clinical trials published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The findings suggest that radiotherapy should not be considered part of the initial treatment for patients with moderate to severe Graves orbitopathy. However, the addition of low-dose mycophenolate mofetil to standard treatment regimens may be associated with improved outcomes. From a high-profile diagnosis to key treatment considerations for associated conditions, the increase in searches for Graves disease had several key factors.

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