WILLIAM B. RAWLS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ANTHONY A. RESSA, M.D.; BENJAMIN GRUSKIN, M.D.; ABRAHAM S. GORDON, M.D.
Opinions differ as to the relationship between thyroid activity, as determined by the basal metabolic rate, and variations in the arthritic syndrome.
The increased incidence of arthritis in women, particularly near the menopause, and the association of myxedema and hypothyroidism with chronic arthritis have suggested to many that a deficient thyroid secretion might be a contributing factor in the production of arthritis. Pemberton and Tompkins1 studied the basal metabolism of 29 cases and found the basal metabolic rate (B. M. R.) within normal limits (between plus and minus 10) in 80 per cent, the remainder being below normal. Cecil, Barr
RAWLS WB, RESSA AA, GRUSKIN B, GORDON AS. THYROID ACTIVITY IN CHRONIC ARTHRITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1401–1406. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-8-1401
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(8):1401-1406.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Rheumatology, Thyroid Disorders.
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