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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Prevalence of musculoskeletal manifestations in thyroid disease

1 Consultant Endocrinologist, PVS Memorial Hospital, Cochin, India
2 Consultant Endocrinologist, ACEER, Chennai, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Elamakkara, P.O. Cochin-82026, India

Correspondence Address:
A G Unnikrishnan
Department of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Elamakkara, P.O. Cochin-82026
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Musculoskeletal symptoms and signs are common and may be the only presenting complaint in hypothyroidism. There are no published studies on this aspect of thyroid disease in our population Aim: To assess the prevalence of various musculoskeletal manifestations of hypothyroidism. Methods: Eighty eight consecutive patients with hypothyroidism and no other underlying chronic diseases were evaluated with questionnaire on musculoskeletal symptoms and physical examination for any abnormality in musculoskeletal system Results: 76.1 % had some symptom with our questionnaire and 45.5% had some physical abnormality. 77.8 % of patients with overt hypothyroidism were symptomatic whereas 72% patients with sub clinical hypothyroidism were symptomatic. 49.2%> of patients with overt hypothyroidism had some abnormality in physical examination, the corresponding figure was 36% for sub clinical hypothyroidism. Conclusion : Signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal involvement are very common in hypothyroidism.

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