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Neurological presentation of profound hypothyroidism
  1. Christopher Paisey1,2,
  2. Gurjit Chohan1
  1. 1Neurology, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath, UK
  2. 2Neurology, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Paisey, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Bath, UK; Christopher.paisey{at}

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A 59-year-old man developed worsening mobility over 3 days, described as ‘weakness and swelling’. His mobility had declined over 5 years, starting with ‘unsteadiness’. On admission, he could not stand, whereas a week before he had walked using two walking poles. He had not fallen. There was a 2-year history of hearing loss and of general slowness, and 6 months of a change in voice quality.

On examination, he had waxy, non-pitting oedema particularly of the lower limbs (figure 1). His eye movements showed saccadic intrusions. There was slow speech without overt dysarthria and bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. His lower limbs had normal tone but profound hip flexor weakness (MRC grade 1/5), with absent reflexes despite reinforcement.

Figure 1

The patient’s face and legs.

Investigations included a markedly raised serum creatine kinase (prompting neurology referral), a significant pancytopenia with …

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  • Contributors CP and GC both contributed to the paper.

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