Diagnosing canine hypothyroidism

Ramsey, I. (1997) Diagnosing canine hypothyroidism. In Practice, 19(7), pp. 378-383. (doi:10.1136/inpract.19.7.378)

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Abstract

Hypothyroidism is usually caused by immune-mediated destruction or idiopathic atrophy of the thyroid gland. Diagnosis is initially based on historical and clinical findings consistent with the condition. If the history or clinical examination are inconsistent with the diagnosis, then other differential diagnoses should be thoroughly investigated before any investigations are conducted on the thyroid gland. Unfortunately, many dogs present with a history that is at least suggestive of hypothyroidism (for example, lethargy and poor coat condition), but clinical examination proves unrewarding. In these cases further tests are indicated. This article discusses the interpretation - and limitations - of specific tests of thyroid function and sets out a diagnostic protocol.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ramsey, Professor Ian
Authors: Ramsey, I.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:In Practice
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0263-841X
ISSN (Online):2042-7689

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