Prevalence of various degrees of hypothyroidism among patients of a general medical department.

@article{Riniker1981PrevalenceOV,
  title={Prevalence of various degrees of hypothyroidism among patients of a general medical department.},
  author={M Riniker and M Ti{\`e}che and G A Lupi and Peter J. Grob and Hugo Studer and Hans B{\"u}rgi},
  journal={Clinical endocrinology},
  year={1981},
  volume={14 1},
  pages={69-74}
}
We have measured basal thyrotropin (TSH) in 945 consecutive patients of a general medical department. Additional thyroid tests were carried out in patients with elevated TSH. Thirty patients (3.1%) had subclinical hypothyroidism, i.e. an elevated TSH with no clinical signs and with a normal free thyroxine index. A cause was found in only fifteen of these thirty patients. Thirteen additional patients (1.37%) had mild or overt primary hypothyroidism, three of which were already diagnosed. This… CONTINUE READING