Subclinical hypothyroidism: to treat or not to treat?

in European Journal of Endocrinology
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  • 1 R Peeters, Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, 3015 CE , Netherlands
  • 2 J Brito, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, 55905, United States

Correspondence: Robin Peeters, Email: r.peeters@erasmusmc.nl
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There is controversy on the treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH). While a number of guidelines from professional societies recommend treatment of SCH based on TSH levels, age, and presence of comorbidities, a recent guideline issued a recommendation against thyroid hormone treatment in adults with SCH. In this debate article, we explore this controversy by presenting two points of view about SCH and its treatment. Treatment of patients who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant will not be discussed.

 

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