How to Diagnose Hashimoto’s ThyroiditisCHT in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis RA.
Anoop et al Int.J.Rheumatic Diseases Feb 20 2017
22/100 RA patients had CHT/hypothyroidism.32/100 had TPO antibodies. Only significant predictor of CHT/hypothyroidism was weight gain and cold intolerance.
Comments: Bedside history taking is a lost art to many physicians with handy blood testing. Some never even feel the thyroid gland even when the TSH is high or low! Although these symptoms are important the TSH/TPO tests should be your best way to uncover thyroid disease in RA patients.