Malabsorption in thyroid dysfunctions

J Indian Med Assoc. 1991 Jul;89(7):195-7.


Studies of intestinal absorptive functions in 11 hyperthyroid and 14 hypothyroid patients showed that steatorrhoea was common in hyperthyroid patients and rare in hypothyroid patients. D-xylose malabsorption was present in both the groups of thyroid disorders being more common in hypothyroid one. Occasionally vitamin B12 malabsorption was found in 2 hypothyroid patients. Jejunal mucosal changes were almost unremarkable. Both fat and carbohydrate malabsorption in both groups of patients appeared to be casually related to the thyroid dysfunction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Celiac Disease / etiology
  • Celiac Disease / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperthyroidism / complications*
  • Hypothyroidism / complications*
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / etiology*
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged