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Thyroid Disease in Older Persons

  • Clark T. Sawin
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE, volume 2)

Abstract

For over 100 yr, physicians have thought that aging and the thyroid gland must somehow be connected; older persons simply looked too much like those with hypothyroidism for their appearance to be coincidental. In 1886 this thinking by analogy led Victor Horsley, then the experimental surgeon for the now-famous Myxoedema Committee, to attribute aging itself to a thyroid defect (1). We now know that this idea is clearly not correct on its face but there is enough truth to it that good medical practice requires that we look closely at older persons for the presence of thyroid disease.

Keywords

Bone Mineral Density Thyroid Disease Thyroid Nodule Subclinical Hypothyroidism Hypothyroid Patient 
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