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Thyroid Disease Hypo and Hyperthyroidism One-Page Primer

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Posted: December 11, 2014    Format: PDF
Thyroid Disease Hypo and Hyperthyroidism One-Page Primer

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Category(s): Clinical (by system), Endocrinology, One-Page Primer
Topic(s): Hypothyroidism, One Page Primer, Thyroid disease


The thyroid gland plays an important role in regulating tissue metabolism and development. Controlled by thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland, it is involved in the production of T3 and T4. These hormones regulate protein synthesis by affecting gene transcription and mRNA stabilization. Asymptomatic adults do not require routine thyroid function testing. However, screening should be offered to those with risk factors for thyroid disease or patients who present with non-specific signs and symptoms.

This one-page primer provides useful clinical information on a primary care topic. Physicians, medical trainees and other health care practitioners could use these short documents as a point-of-care tool, a reference or a study aid. Use of this information to guide clinical care must be done in the context of appropriate medical knowledge and clinical judgement.

The material is presented with a special focus on family medicine and primary care. The content is evidence-based and employs Canadian guidelines where available.

Depending on the topic, the one page PDF file will include an overview, risk factors, definitions, etiologies, diagnostic considerations, management or approach, investigations, referral guidelines, pharmacotherapy, algorithms, patient resources and the bottom line.

The topics in the DFCMOpen One Page Primer series generally address and supplement The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s “99 Priority Topics” for family medicine residents in Canada.

Creation and revision dates are clearly presented at the top of each document and references can be found online at One Pager Project References.