What is the role of thyroid studies in the workup of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Ronald J Oudiz, MD, FACP, FACC, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Screen for thyroid abnormalities during the initial workup for IPAH because these abnormalities are common in patients with IPAH. Thyroid abnormalities may be the cause of or contribute to symptoms similar to IPAH. In addition, hyperthyroidism itself may lead to an elevation in pulmonary artery pressure.


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