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Case Report  |   July 1996
Effects of thyroid hormone treatment on 31P-NMR spectroscopy of muscle and on nerve conduction studies in a patient with long-standing severe hypothyroidism
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Case Report   |   July 1996
Effects of thyroid hormone treatment on 31P-NMR spectroscopy of muscle and on nerve conduction studies in a patient with long-standing severe hypothyroidism
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1996, Vol. 96, 424. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1996.96.7.424
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1996, Vol. 96, 424. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1996.96.7.424
Abstract

Hypothyroidism exerts a significant effect on several body systems, including the functioning of muscle and nerve. Described here is the case of a severely hypothyroid patient with weakness and numbness of the legs who showed marked clinical improvement with thyroid hormone treatment. Concurrently obtained phosphorus 31-nuclear magnetic resonance (NRM) spectra and nerve conduction studies showed changes in muscle phosphorus metabolism with increases in conduction velocities. Phosphorus 31-NMR spectroscopy is useful for evaluating metabolism in muscle in hypothyroid patients.