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  1. Hypothyroidism : Its incidence and prevalence in adults older than 55 years of age in an acute rehabilitation unit.

    Article - En anglais


    To investigate the incidence and prevalence of hypothyroidism in the acute rehabilitation unit.


    Retrospective chart review.


    Inpatient rehabilitation unit.


    Thirty-five men and 91 women older than the age of 55 years (average, 74 years) separated into postsurgical (PS) and nonsurgical (NS) groups.

    Twenty-two men and 76 women were PS, 21 of whom had a history of hypothyroidism.

    Thirteen men and 15 women were NS. and 4 in this group had a history of hypothyroidism.

    Main Outcome Measures 

    Levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone and free thyroxine.


    There were 34 cases of hypothyroidism, a prevalence rate of 27%. The incidence of newly diagnosed cases was 9% (9 of 101).

    Six of the newly diagnosed cases were PS patients and three were NS patients.

    Eleven cases of undertreated hypothyroidism were found, in 9 PS patients and 2 NS patients.

    The rate of undertreated hypothyroidism in the PS population was 43% (9 of 21) : in the nonsurgical population, it was 50% (2 of 4).

    The overall rate of undertreated hypothyroidism for both PS and NS groups was 44% (11 of 25).


    There is a high prevalence of hypothyroidism on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and a high rate of undertreated hypothyroidism in PS patients.

    Screening high-risk patients is recommended.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Hypothyroïdie, Personne âgée, Homme, Rééducation, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Prévalence, Analyse biochimique, Hormone thyroïdienne, Endocrinopathie, Thyroïde pathologie, Milieu hospitalier

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hypothyroidism, Elderly, Human, Reeducation, Epidemiology, Incidence, Prevalence, Biochemical analysis, Thyroid hormone, Endocrinopathy, Thyroid diseases, Hospital environment

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0253949

    Code Inist : 002B21C01. Création : 16/11/1999.