Changes in triiodothyronine mark severe pain syndrome: A case report

R. F. Dons*, K. M.M. Shakir

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Non-thyroidal illness is classically associated with a low total triiodothyronine (T3) level. Episodes of severe recurrent dental pain unassociated with fever or systemic infection in a patient was marked 2 to 3 weeks later by low T3 levels (56 ng/ml). Other thyroid and metabolic tests were normal. T3 levels returned to normal on resolution of pain. Recurrence of a transient, mild episode of pain was not associated with a low T3 2 weeks after its onset. We suggest that T3 levels may be markers for severe pain and suffering or disturbances responsible for pain and suffering in patients receiving analgesics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-466
Number of pages2
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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