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April 1982

Thyroid Function in 44 Patients With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Author Affiliations

From the Neurologische Universitätsklinik, Würzburg, West Germany.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(4):241-242. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510160047010

• In an endemic goiter area of West Germany (incidence of goiter, 19% to 32%), thyroid function was evaluated in 44 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with radioimmunoassay of triiodothyronine, thyroxine, thyroxine-binding globulin, and thyroid-stimulating hormone, including the protirelin stimulation test. The presence of circulating anti-thyroid antibodies was sought by hemagglutination techniques. All patients were found to be euthyroid and thyroid antibody—negative. Clinical examination disclosed concomitant goiter in 36% (16/ 44). The data suggest that thyroid status is not relevant to the pathogenesis of ALS.

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