Hypothyroid Patients with Positive Thyroid Antibodies and Relation to Nerve Conduction Study Findings
Keywords:Anti-thyroid antibodies, nerve conduction studies, TPO, thyroid peroxidise antibodies, thyroidautoimmunity.
Neuropathies are common manifestations of more than half the patients attending medical out patient
departments . These neuropathies could be due to many causes. Some of the patients are not diabetics
or alcoholics and thyroid profile revealed hypothyroidism . Most of the patients were not on thyroid
supplementation and some are on irregular treatment. Primary symptoms are vague not pointing to either
thyroid deficiency or diabetes mellitus complained of lethargy , pain in the fingers stabbing in nature ,wight
gain, dryskin ,constipation . Nerve conduction studies on median and ulnar nerves in these patients without
diabetes and other deficiency disorders point to miss hypothyroid state in these patients, as stress is put on
diagnosing more common conditions like diabetes mellitus. If these conditions are excluded it is not difficult
to diagnose hypothyroid conditions.
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