Research Article

Screening for hypothyroidism in elderly inpatients.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5971.601 (Published 14 June 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:601
  1. M Bahemuka,
  2. H M Hodkinson

    Abstract

    Routine biochemical screening for hypothyroidism in 2000 geriatric inpatients proved valuable and practicable and yielded 46 cases (2.3%). A non-specific clinical picture was particularly common, with less than a third of the cases showing "typical" signs and symptoms. Psychiatric manifestations, especially depression, were important and frequent and responded well to thyroxine. There was a preponderance of female cases of hypothyroidism and a strong association with other autoimmune diseases, notably pernicious anaemia and rheumatoid arthritis.