STUDY OF THYROID DYSFUNCTION IN ELDERLY PATIENTS MORE THAN 65 YEARS OF AGE GROUP

Dr Jitendra singh, Dr Pankaj Hans

Abstract


Aims and objectives: To study thyroid dysfunction and its clinical correlation in elderly patients more than 65 years of
age group in Patna medical college & hospital, Patna. This study was Material & methods: as conducted on 100 elderly
patients in the department of medicine, Patna medical college & hospital, Patna. All patients of age more than 65 years
with clinical suspicion of thyroid disorders were included in this study. All suspicious patients were examined clinically
for detection of thyroid disorders.The laboratory evaluation of thyroid functions was done by estimation of serum T3, T4
and TSH levels by Chemiluminescence assay method. chi-square test was used for statistical data analysis. Results:In
this study 100 elderly patients in the age group of more than 65 years were included. Out of which,30 patients were found
to have abnormal thyroid function test, of which 23 patients had clinical features suggestive of hypothyroidism (13+10)
and 7 patients had clinical features suggestive of hyperthyroidism (3+4).We have noted that as the age advances the
incidence of thyroid dysfunction increases. Conclusion : Aim of this study was to know the various clinical aspect of
presentation of thyroid dysfunction in the elderly population that differ from typical presentation.Incidence of thyroid
dysfunction increases with increase in age.


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