How does potassium iodide (KI) treat iodine deficiency?

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The body's main requirement for iodine is in the thyroid gland, where it is used to make hormones. Potassium iodide (KI) is a salt form of iodine, which can be used to treat iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency sometimes causes an enlarged thyroid gland, or goiter.

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