We investigated the thyroid and pituitary functions of six of the seven patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma who had been previously treated with external radiation, and who were seen at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital within a recent 18-month period. Two patients had primary hypothyroidism, and four had secondary hypothyroidism. These findings suggest that thyroid and pituitary abnormalities are frequent complications of both nasopharyngeal carcinoma and its treatment.
(JAMA 236:1591-1593, 1976)
Rosenthal MB, Goldfine ID. Primary and Secondary Hypothyroidism in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. JAMA. 1976;236(14):1591–1593. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270150025024
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