Relationship between serum erythropoietin levels and rT3, T4 concentrations in elderly patients with non-thyroidal illnesses

F. Corica, A. Allegra, M. Buemi, L. Castagna, A. Corsonello, A. Di Benedetto, A. Cotroneo, G. Cucinotta, M. Cincotta, D. Ceruso

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Abstract

Thyroid function, plasma erythropoietin and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) concentrations were measured in 28 elderly patients with chronic non-thyroidal illnesses (NTI) and in 8 healthy subjects as a control group. In the NTI group, the existence of an impairment of thyroid function has been demonstrated in about 85 % of the subjects, with a lower T3 concentration; a low T3 syndrome with low T levels and high reverse-T3 (rT3) plasma concentrations could be found in 25 % of the subjects. A direct correlation between erythropoietin and rT3 and an inverse correlation between erythropoietin and T were found on NTI patients with endocrine abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume22
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Erythropoietin
  • Non-thyroidal illnesses
  • Sick euthyroid syndrome
  • TNF-α

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Medicine(all)

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