Multiple effects of 5,5′-diphenylhydantoin on the thyroid hormone system

Pamela J. Smith, Martin I. Surks

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The INFLUENCE of 5,5′-diphenylhydantoin (DPH) on the thyroid hormone system continues to intrigue clinicians and endocrine scientists more than two decades after Oppenheimer et al. (1) reported that the serum protein-bound iodine (PBI) concentration was decreased in patients treated with the drug. Early investigations indicated that DPH interacted with T4 at binding sites on serum thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) in a competitive and reversible fashion (2, 3) and this interaction was initially considered to be responsible for the depression of serum PBI in DPH-treated patients (1). However, refinements in measurements of serum free-T4 concentration resulted in the demonstration that serum free-T4 concentration was actually decreased in DPH-treated patients (4), not unchanged as anticipated if the drug had a primary effect on T4-binding by TBG (5). Further investigations indicated that DPH treatment resulted in an increase in the fractional rate of T4 metabolism in association with decreased serum T4 and free-T4 (6).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-524
Number of pages11
JournalEndocrine reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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