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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina (México)

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BRISENO LOPEZ, Pedro et al. Apathetic hyperthyroidism in middle-aged patient. Case report and literature review. Rev. Fac. Med. (Méx.) [online]. 2016, vol.59, n.3, pp.22-26. ISSN 2448-4865.

Hyperthyroidism is a common condition that is easily recognized by its signs and symptoms. The apathetic hyperthyroidism is a form of presentation of hyperthyroidism without its characteristic signs and symptoms. The cardinal symptoms of apathetic hyperthyroidism are depression and apathy. The absence of classical signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism delays the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as it is often misdiagnosed as a primary psychiatric disorder. It is more common in elderly patients and is extremely rare in children and middle-age adults. We report the case of a middle-age woman with apathetic hyperthyroidism characterized by depression, dizziness, edema and weight loss without other clinical data of hyperthyroidism; she had been treated for two years for major depressive disorder. She had been studied by other specialties because of vertigo. The diagnosis was made after thyroid function tests were requested, and joined with clinical findings.

Keywords : Weight loss; vertigo; depression; apathetic hyperthyroidism.

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