Section Summary: Diagnosis of Thyroid Function
In a book on diagnostic methods in clinical thyroidology, it is not surprising that the discussion of diagnosis of thyroid function would constitute the largest portion of the text. More surprising are the sharp differences of opinion between prominent authorities in this era of advanced assay technology. Some of these differences can be attributed, believe it or not, to lack of experience with the most advanced methods. In part, this lack of experience is the result of the lack of a perceived need for better assays because of relative comfort with the less precise but more familiar old test (e.g., the free thyroxine index). This brings us to the first issue for this summary.
KeywordsThyroid Hormone Primary Hypothyroidism Subacute Thyroiditis Thyroid Hormone Activity Nonthyroidal Illness
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