A Case of Resistance to Thyroid Hormone (RTH) with a Negative Family History with Diagnosis Based on Persistent Palpitations

OK folks! Line up and respond if you have had a genetic analysis performed? (Meaning not a 23andme you chose, but one offered by a medic to investigate an issue.)

On a more positive note, yet again Persistent Palpitations in someone who was effectively under-dosed. Don't let anyone assume that palpitions only occur when over-dosed/hyperthyroid. Often stated here (that palpitations can occur in both hypo- and hyper-thyroidism) but rarely in the various guidelines.

J UOEH. 2016;38(4):291-296.

A Case of Resistance to Thyroid Hormone (RTH) with a Negative Family History with Diagnosis Based on Persistent Palpitations.

Kurozumi A1, Okada Y, Arao T, Tanaka Y.

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1First Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan.

Abstract

Approximately 140 different mutations of thyroid hormone receptor β (TRβ) have been identified in resistance to thyroid hormone (RTH). We report herein a middle-aged man with a negative family history who was diagnosed with RTH based on persistent palpitations. Genetic analysis showed a TRβ mutation causing the substitution of alanine for proline 453 (P453A) in exon 10. Since treatment of RTH is different from that of Graves' disease and thyroid stimulating hormone-producing adenoma (TSHoma), a genetic analysis should be performed even in patients who have a negative family history of RTH and who are free of TSHoma when they present with persistent inappropriate secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone (SITSH).

PMID: 27980311

DOI: 10.7888/juoeh.38.291

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/279...

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  • I had palpitations long BEFORE NDT, not after.

  • Added a clarification - indeed, many people here have reported palpitations before and during inadequate treatement - that often resolve on an adequate regime.

  • Helvella,

    I'll be gobsmacked if anyone confirms they have had genetic testing on NHS to confirm or rule out RTH.

  • So shall I!

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