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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Thyroid disorders in adult Nigerians with palpitations


1 Department of Chemical Pathology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano; Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
3 Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

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Mathias A Emokpae
Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.95964

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Background: Thyroid hormones elicit significant cardiovascular effects, and abnormalities of its concentration may lead to palpitations. This study seeks to evaluate the prevalence of thyroid hormone disorders in adult Nigerians with palpitations. Materials and Methods : A total of 62 patients (20 males, aged 36.8 ± 10.0 years and 42 females, aged 39.3 ± 9.9 years) with palpitations referred to the chemical pathology laboratory for biochemical analysis from June 2002 to May 2007 were retrospectively studied. All blood specimens were routinely collected in the morning in fasting state. The thyroid function parameters were analyzed using ELECSYS 1010 autoanalyzer supplied by Roche Diagnostics, Germany. The analyzer uses the principle of electrochemiluminescence immunoassay technique. Results : Out of the 62 patients, 10 (4 males and 6 females) had thyroid disorders representing a prevalence of 16.1%. Conclusions: Prevalence of 16.1% was observed in patients with palpitations. More women than men were observed to have palpitations and the ratio of proportion of thyroid disorders between male and female was 2:3.


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