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Patients with COVID-19 May Develop Thyroid Infection

Study reports the first known case of subacute thyroiditis after COVID-19 infection COVID-19 infection may cause subacute thyroiditis, according to a new case study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Subacute thyroiditis is an inflammatory thyroid disease characterized by neck pain and is usually preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. It may be caused by a viral infection or a post-viral inflammatory reaction, and many...
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FDA Approves First Treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease

In January, Endocrine News reported on the possible upcoming availability of teprotumumab as a promising treatment for of thyroid eye disease (TED), a serious, progressive and vision-threatening rare autoimmune disease that is associated with proptosis (eye bulging), diplopia (double vision), blurred vision, pain, inflammation, and facial disfigurement. Up to 50% of patients with Graves’ disease...
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Older Adults with Hypothyroidism Face Elevated Risk of Death

Increased risk does not impact older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism While older adults with hypothyroidism face an elevated risk of death, individuals with subclinical hypothyroidism, a milder form of underactive thyroid, did not face the same risk, according to new research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “Our meta-analysis is the first to...
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Slightly Elevated TSH Levels Not a Cause for Referral to Pediatric Endocrinologists

Children with thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels slightly above reference range shouldn’t be referred to pediatric endocrinologists unless there is another cause for clinical concern, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers led by Perrin C. White, MD, of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of...

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