Does splenectomy influence the development of Hypothyroidism in Transfusion Dependent Thalassemia Patients? A retrospective study. Splenectomy in Hypothyroidism of TDT patients

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Myrto Skafida
Christalena Sofocleous
Antonis Kattamis


Transfusion Dependent Thalassemia; splenectomy; iron load grade; hypothyroidism; primary, central.


To test the postulated hypothesis that splenectomy may influence the development of Hypothyroisdism (HT) in Transfused Dependent Thalassemia (TDT) young patients, basic factors known to influence the development of hypothyroidism were evaluated in 52 TDT adult patients (25 splenectomized) with HT. Precise analysis of data not only failed to disclose any statistical differences but revealed similarities, between splenectomized and non- splenectomized patients in respect to: i) the age at diagnosis of HT and ii)the ferritin levels on diagnosis and at the year of study. Interestingly a statistically higher age at diagnosis was recorded in central HT irrespective of splenectomy.


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