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I had thyroid carcinoma, can I conceive?

Q: I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed to have differentiated papillary carcinoma of thyroid. It has been a year since my thyroidectomy and RAI treatment. After initial problems with the dose of eltroxin to take and chronic pharyngitis, my health now seems fine and all my check-ups have been clear. I would like to know would it be okay for me to conceive and what are the hazards of pregnancy, if any? Will the baby be fine? And I hope I wont be making my self susceptible to a recurrence?

A:There are two issues here. One is about effect of radioiodine treatment on chances of pregnancy and other is its effect on outcome of pregnancy. Transient ovarian failure has been reported after treatment with high dose of radioiodine but for an individual, chances of conception are very high. Genetic damage has also been not reported in the offsprings of these patients. So don't worry about these two issues and go ahead for pregnancy once your treating nuclear medicine specialist clears you for this i.e., he feels there are no chances recurrence in near future.


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