Central hypothyroidism is an uncommon condition characterized by insufficient thyroid gland stimulation by TSH, owing to hypothalamic and/or pituitary dysfunction. It is rarely isolated but more often occurs in conjunction with deficiencies of other pituitary hormones, as well as with neurologic symptoms and signs owing to hypothalamic/pituitary lesions. The diagnosis rests on documentation of clinical and biochemical hypothyroidism with an inappropriately low or nonelevated serum TSH level. Recent studies suggest that the temporal pattern of TSH secretion, as well as TSH structure, is altered in central hypothyroidism, providing a mechanism for the induction of the hypothyroid state in this condition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism