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Rev Med Chil. 2006 May;134(5):623-8. Epub 2006 Jun 19.

[High prevalence of thyroid dysfunction among psychiatric inpatients].

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  • 1Departamento de Psiquiatría, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. svaldivi@med.puc.cl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Thyroid dysfunction is frecuent in psychiatric outpatients and in the general Chilean population but there is no information about the prevalence of thyroid diseases in Chilean psychiatric inpatients.

AIM:

To retrospectively assess the frequency of thyroidal diseases in psychiatric inpatients.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Clinical charts and thyroid assessment of 241 psychiatric inpatients (147 women, mean age 33+/-16 years) attended in a University Psychiatric Clinic, were reviewed. Psychiatric diagnosis at discharge was made according to DSM IV criteria and endocrine diagnosis was made based on international criteria.

RESULTS:

Forty nine patients (20.7%) had thyroid abnormalities. Forty four patients had hypothyroidism (18.3%) and five had hyperthyroidism (2.35%). No specific associations were found between gender or psychiatric diagnosis and endocrine abnormalities.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this sample, the prevalence of thyroid abnormalities was similar to other reports in psychiatric inpatiens and higher than in the general population in Chile.

PMID:
16802055
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