Hypothyroidism: Clinical Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment

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Although hypothyroidism is common, its typically vague symptoms of fatigue, lack of energy, and weight gain are shared with many other conditions. Awareness of risk factors for hypothyroidism will aid in the differential diagnosis, and the patient’s symptoms can help guide the clinician to the appropriate diagnostic workup. Thyroid function test results are necessary to confirm or rule out the diagnosis.



CE/CME No: CR-1407

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Identify the signs and symptoms of and risk factors for hypothyroidism.
• Name the laboratory tests used to diagnose or rule out hypothyroidism.
• Describe current evidence-based and alternative treatments for hypothyroidism.
• Discuss appropriate long-term follow-up and monitoring of hypothyroidism.
• Instruct patients regarding optimal self-management of hypothyroidism.

Kara-anne Gregory Curl is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, with Medical Faculty Associates at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
The author has no significant financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hours of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of July 2014.

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