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The skin and the thyroid gland

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Hormones are essential biochemical enzymes involved in the regulation of various physiological processes in the body, including the skin. Endocrinological abnormalities, through excesses or deficiencies of hormones, result in alteration of the cutaneous morphology and function, which can manifest in cutaneous signs and symptoms. Certain features are relatively characteristic, and examination of the skin can therefore provide valuable clues to various underlying endocrine disorders. Additionally, there may be auto-immune manifestations of some endocrinopathies and evidence of other associated auto-immune diseases may be present. This article reviews the main thyroid-related cutaneous findings, including some conditions that may be associated with thyroid disorders. Some eponymous signs in thyroid diseases are listed in Table 1.
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Keywords: HYPERTHYROIDISM; HYPOTHYROIDISM; THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE (TSH); THYROXINE (T4); TRI-IODOTHYRONINE (T3)

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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