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December 1955

Hypothyroidism as a Cause of Headache

Author Affiliations

Boise, Idaho

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(6):583-585. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830060015004

Wolff1 said that pain is certainly the commonest complaint with which the physician must deal, and headache is probably the commonest pain. The headaches which we see as physicians can be divided into major headaches and those which might be termed minor headaches. It is with the latter type that this paper deals, and, thus, major headaches can be eliminated from the discussion.

The minor headaches are frequently passed over by the physician and given a little thought, then are promptly dismissed or are treated as a sinus headache by some type of nasal drops or antibiotic. The purpose of this paper is to point out that there are many minor headaches which are of considerable concern to the patient and to report on the observations made on 118 patients with this type of headache and the response obtained in their treatment with thyroid after a diagnosis was made

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