Abnormalities of thyroid function rival diabetes mellitus in terms of prevalence and can affect any system in the body.
In the UK and North America it is estimated that palpable thyroid nodules are present in 1 in 20 of the population, and in the UK alone 20,000 tests are carried out each year in clinical chemistry laboratories. Thus, all doctors can expect to encounter thyroid disease in one form or another.
Thyroid disorders are generally very responsive to treatment, but there are traps for the unwary – not least because of the frequent atypical presentations and the widespread prevalence of subclinical disease.
Fast Facts: Thyroid Disorders is written by two leading experts of international standing who share a wealth of clinical and research experience. The text, which is comprehensively illustrated to make core clinical information easily accessible, is a concise and practical guide for all who manage patients with these common conditions.
Glossary; Introduction; Thyroid physiology and function tests; Hyperthyroidism: etiology and presentation; Hyperthyroidism: diagnosis and management; Hypothyroidism: etiology and presentation; Hypothyroidism: diagnosis and management; Pregnancy and the thyroid; Thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer