Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism in a patient with a normal thyroid gland

Postgrad Med J. 1986 Jul;62(729):661-2. doi: 10.1136/pgmj.62.729.661.


Iodine-induced hyperthyroidism can develop even in the presence of an otherwise normal gland. One of the less common sources of iodine is tablets of seaweed, sold over the counter without prescription. We report the case of a 72 year old female who developed clinical and laboratory evidence of hyperthyroidism while ingesting sea-kelp (Vitalia) tablets. Six months after stopping the tablets, the symptoms and laboratory evidence of hyperthyroidism had disappeared. No evidence of pre-existing thyroid disease was found.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperthyroidism / chemically induced*
  • Iodine / adverse effects*
  • Seaweed


  • Iodine