Volume 6 Issue 6 (November - December), 2020

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Assessment of thyroid profile in geriatric population
Shubham Agrawal, Prasanna Kumar Satpathy, Shubham Malani, Sreekar Sura, Varun Pusala

Background: It is an established fact that the thyroid hormone helps in maintaining metabolism, growth and various other functions in human body. Just like other changes in the body, with advancing age, the endocrine system also shows age related changes. Hence; the present study was undertaken for assessing the thyroid profile in geriatric population. Materials & methods:. A total of 100 patients of age more than 60 years were analysed. Cases were drawn from general medicine ward, general outpatient department from Dr. D.Y.Patil hospital and research centre. A detailed clinical history was taken of all the patients regarding symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. All the results were recorded in Microsoft excel sheet and were analyzed by SPSS software. Chi-square test and student t test were used for analysis of level of significance. Results: Mean age of the patients was 68.15 years. Mean T3 levels was found to be 1.38 ng/ml while mean T4 and TSH levels was found to be 6.08 g/dL and 9.24 IU/ml respectively. Mean T3, T4 and TSH levels among males was found to be 1.39 ng/ml, 6.04 g/dL and 7.46 IU/ml respectively. Mean T3, T4 and TSH levels among females was found to be 1.38 ng/ml, 6.11 g/dL and 10.02 IU/ml respectively. 14 percent of the patients had clinical hypothyroidism while 10 percent and 2 percent of the patients had subclinical hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism respectively. Conclusion: Thyroid dysfunction is common in elderly subjects with hypothyroidism being the most common abnormality detected. A strong clinical awareness is needed in the elderly population because of the subtle clinical presentations. Key words: Thyroid, Profile, Geriatric

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