The prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in mentally handicapped in-patients.


A survey was made of the thyroid function of 402 mentally handicapped patients in a long-stay hospital and its satellite units. The prevalence of hypothyroidism in a 2-year period was 25/402 (6.2%), and 17/364 (4.7%) when people with Down's syndrome were excluded. Hyperthyroidism was found in 3/402 (0.7%). These results include 16 patients with… (More)


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