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Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-1634
Alberto G. 1, Novi R. F. 1, Trombetta A. 1, Maurino M. 1, Seardo M. A. 1, Brossa C. 1, Messina M. 2
1 From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Turin;
2 Division of Endocrinology, Maria Vittoria Hospital, Turin
Inappropriate secretion of TSH (IST) refers to a heterogeneous group of syndromes in which patients show unsuppressed TSH levels in spite of high serum free thyroid hormone concentrations. It has been recognised that IST can be due to both thyroid hormone resistance (RTH) and pituitary TSH-secreting tumours. The former can be generalised (GRTH) or pituitary (PRTH) if the resistance is more severe in the pituitary than in the rest of the tissues. This case report points out the persistence of this patient’s TSH resistance to the inhibition of high concentrations of circulating thyroid hormones with clear symptoms of thyrotoxicosis even after many years of replacement therapy; it also suggests that in this case FT4 is the parameter to evaluate the therapy’s effectiveness.