Thyroid dysfunction tests

Thyroid dysfunction tests

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The prevalence of hypothyroidism may be up to 10% of the general population, most frequently afflicting older women.1 More asymptomatic people may have subclinical disease that can be detected through thyroid function testing but the value of detecting subclinical disease is unclear. In the past decade, requests for thyroid function tests have increased by 51% (2001/02 to 2010/11), without evidence of a corresponding increase in prevalence. Thyroid function tests are not recommended to be requested routinely in asymptomatic low-risk people in Australia.2

Clinical information

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time. We have compiled some of the latest evidence and guidelines on thyroid function tests to help you discuss the relevance of these with your patients.

References
  1. Canaris GJ, Manowitz NR, Mayor G, et al. The Colorado thyroid disease prevalence study. Arch Intern Med 2000;160:526–34. [Pubmed]
  2. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (The Red Book) 8th Edition. Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2012. [Online] (accessed accessed 8 January 2013).

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