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March 23/30, 2005

Thyroid Status and Survival in Old Age

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(12):1447-1448. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1447-b

To the Editor: The article by Dr Gussekloo and colleagues1 found that elderly patients with elevated concentrations of thyrotropin have lower all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than do euthyroid individuals. However, not all of the patients initially classified as having subclinical hypothyroidism remained in this functional state throughout the follow-up period.

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