Experimental Animals
Online ISSN : 1881-7122
Print ISSN : 1341-1357
ISSN-L : 0007-5124
125I Uptake Competing with Iodine Absorption by the Thyroid Gland following Povidone-Iodine Skin Application
Sen-ichi FURUDATEToshiyuki NISHIMAKITakeshi MUTO
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1997 Volume 46 Issue 3 Pages 197-202


Povidone-iodine solution is widely used to disinfect the skin surface or prevent suppuration during human and animal surgery. Using radioisotope 125I, we examined whether iodine may be absorbed and then concentrated in the thyroid gland when povidone-iodine solution is applied to the skin of rats or mice. The competition for 125I uptake was examined in mice and rats after the application of povidone iodine to the skin. We also traced the process of absorbed 125I in the thyroid gland during the fixation for tissue preparations. Povidone-iodine applied to the skin significantly reduced the uptake of 125I both in mice and rats. Significant flux of 125I from the thyroid gland in povidone-iodine treated animals was noted during the thyroid fixation of tissue preparations. From these results, povidone-iodine application to the skin instead of stable KI administration may be practical for preventing the uptake of 125I by the thyroid gland during 125I compound administration for medical therapy. In animal experiments concerning thyroid functions, careful attention must be paid when povidone-iodine is used for disinfection in animal surgery.

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© 1997 Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science
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