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Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia

Print version ISSN 0004-2749On-line version ISSN 1678-2925

Abstract

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.  https://doi.org/10.5935/0004-2749.19980096.

Purpose:

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

Methods:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusion:

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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