Detection of thyroid remnants and well-differentiated thyroid cancer

Indication for Thyrotropin

Population group: Suitable for both men and women, only adults (18 years old or older)
Therapeutic intent: Diagnostic

Thyrotropin alfa is indicated for use with serum thyroglobulin (Tg) testing with or without radioiodine imaging for the detection of thyroid remnants and well-differentiated thyroid cancer in post-thyroidectomy patients maintained on hormone suppression therapy (THST).

Low risk patients with well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma who have undetectable serum Tg levels on THST and no rh (recombinant human) TSH-stimulated increase of Tg levels may be followed-up by assaying rhTSH-stimulated Tg levels.

Thyrotropin alfa is indicated for pre-therapeutic stimulation in combination with a range of 30 mCi (1.1 GBq) to 100 mCi (3.7 GBq) radioiodine for ablation of thyroid tissue remnants in patients who have undergone a near-total or total thyroidectomy for well-differentiated thyroid cancer and who do not have evidence of distant metastatic thyroid cancer.

For this indication, competent medicine agencies globally authorize below treatments:

0.9 mg once daily

For: Adults (18-64) Elders (65+)

Dosage regimens

Intramuscular, 0.9 milligrams, once daily, 2 doses in total.

Detailed description

The recommended dose regimen is two doses of 0.9 mg thyrotropin alfa administered at a 24-hour interval by intramuscular injection only.

Dosage considerations

After reconstitution with water for injection, 1.0 ml solution (0.9 mg thyrotropin alfa) is administered by intramuscular injection to the buttock.

For radioiodine imaging or ablation, radioiodine administration should be given 24 hours following the final thyrotropin alfa injection. Diagnostic scintigraphy should be performed 48 to 72 hours following radioiodine administration, whereas post-ablation scintigraphy may be delayed additional days to allow background activity to decline.

Active ingredient

Thyrotropin alfa (recombinant human thyroid stimulating hormone) is a heterodimeric glycoprotein produced by recombinant DNA technology. Binding of thyrotropin alfa to TSH receptors on thyroid epithelial cells stimulates iodine uptake and organification, and synthesis and release of thyroglobulin, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).

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