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      Category : Health Centers > Endocrine Disorders


Alternate Names : Primary Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Only subtle symptoms may occur early in the course of hypothyroidism. These may include:

  • fatigue
  • decreased concentration
  • intolerance to cold environments
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramping and stiffness
  • weight gain
  • Some individuals may notice hair loss, dry skin, or nail changes. If left untreated, the symptoms of hypothyroidism will progress. This can lead to fluid retention around the eyes or legs.

    Untreated hypothyroidism can also cause congestive heart failure, a condition in which a weakened heart is unable to pump enough blood to body organs. In severe cases, the brain itself is affected. The person can lose mental function and even go into a coma.

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    Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Bill Harrison, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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