[Achilles reflexogram and hemodynamic parameters in the evaluation of thyroid function]

Minerva Med. 1976 Oct 27;67(51):3325-34.
[Article in Italian]


Among the numerous techniques designed to explore thyroid function, two which examine important peripheral aspects are considered: Achilles osteotendinous reflectivity (determination of contraction time and relaxation time of the gastrocnemius muscle) and the response of the cardiovascular system to thyroid hormones (determination of the time of onset of Korotkoff's sound and that of the brachial sphygmic wave). Comparison of the results obtained with these two techniques in a group of 60 euthyroid subjects, 17 hypothyroid and 25 hyperthyroid cases, shows that the techniques are comparable as regards precision, reproducibility, and sensitivity and are of indubitable importance for the assessment of thyroid function through the study of two of its peripheral aspects.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reflex, Stretch*
  • Thyroid Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Thyroid Gland / physiology*