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Endocrinology clinic

Thelma’s thyroid

Pat Phillips

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Abstract

Hypothyroidism is the focus of the first article in this new series on frequently unrecognised but important endocrinology problems in older women.

Article Extract

Hypothyroidism is one of several common and often unrecognised conditions in women aged over 65 years. This article reviews why it is important to identify patients with this condition and also discusses the management of affected patients.

Case scenario

Thelma is 71 years old and is worried that her thyroid might be ‘underactive’ after reading a weekly medical column in a magazine. Thelma has most of the symptoms listed: she feels tired, she has been putting on weight, she is constipated, her skin and hair are dry and she is losing her hearing.

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