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Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia

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COSTA, Vital P. et al. Possible association between glaucoma and hypothyroidism. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 1998, vol.61, n.1, pp.42-45. ISSN 1678-2925.


To investigate the association between primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and hypothyroidism.


In the first study, 15 patients with hypothyroidism were analyzed to verify the presence of POAG. In the second study, a TSH assay was employed as a screening test to determine the incidence of hypothyroidism in 65 patients with POAG.


None of the 15 patients with hypothyroidism had clinical findings compatible with POAG, and the mean intraocular pressure measurements were 15.8 ± 2.3 mmHg (range 11 to 21 mmHg). Only one (1.5%) of the 65 POAG patients showed abnormal TSH levels, and was diagnosed as having subclinical hypothyroidsm.


These findings do not support the existence of a positive correlation between hypothyroidism and POAG.

Keywords : Glaucoma; Hypothyroidism; Thyroid; Intraocular Pressure.

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