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Lugol's iodine


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A solution of 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide, used in the treatment of thyrotoxicosis in emergencies, such as thyroid crisis, or when surgery cannot wait for more conventional treatments. For its mode of action it utilizes the abnormal Wolff-Chaikoff effect, seen in cases of thyroiditis. J. G. A. Lugol (1786–1851), French physician

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