What is the role of anorexia nervosa in the development of euthyroid sick syndrome?

Updated: Apr 27, 2017
  • Author: Serhat Aytug, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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This disease has aspects similar to starvation and hypothyroidism. Dry skin, bradycardia, hypothermia, constipation, and amenorrhea can be signs and symptoms. A hypothalamic defect in TRH release is present. In this disorder, total T4 is decreased, and free T4 usually is not changed. Total T3 is reduced significantly, but free T3 usually is unchanged. rT3 is elevated, and basal TSH is not changed, but a late peak of TSH in response to TRH occurs.


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