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Thyroid function and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine thyroid indices in a community referred sample of boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for evidence of generalized resistance to thyroid hormone (GRTH).

METHOD:

TSH, T3, and T4 values were gathered prospectively in 53 physician, school, and/or parent referred ADHD subjects, and in 41 age and gender-matched normal controls.

RESULTS:

None were in the range suggestive of global or pituitary thyroid hormone resistance.

CONCLUSIONS:

GRTH is rare, and thyroid function should not be measured routinely in nonfamilial ADHD.

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