The diagnosis of hyperthyreoidism manifesting in the elderly meets difficulty in many cases. Lack of some characteristic symptoms observable in younger patients can be misleading. The authors summarize the data of ten clinical cases where the hyperthyreoidism appeared in occult form, reminding rather for heart disease or malignant tumours. The assay of thyroid hormones and the level of antithyreoglobulin and anti-thyreoid peroxidase antibodies was unavoidable in order to establish correct diagnosis. Though the early diagnosis and treatment may enhance the life expectancy of the patients and may considerably decrease the cardial and the consecutive cerebral complications. The authors analyse the reasons and possible pathomechanism of the formation of atypical hyperthyreoidism occurring in the elderly.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - febr. 12 1995|
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