CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes Rep 2018; 05(01): e6-e8
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-109432
Case Report
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Worsening Cardiac Function in a Patient with Friedreich’s Ataxia Secondary to Profound Hypothyroidism

Bradly J. Thrasher
Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
,
Jennifer Whitham
Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
,
Jennifer Law
Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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Publication History

received 21 December 2016
first decision 01 March 2017

accepted 10 March 2017

Publication Date:
20 March 2018 (online)

Abstract

We present a case of declining cardiac function in a patient with Friedreich's Ataxia, however, her worsening cardiac function was not related to her chronic disease. Her declining cardiac function was associated with hypothyroidism that was initially overlooked. The purpose of this article is to remind physicians of the role that thyroid hormone has in cardiac function and overall health. Autoimmune hypothyroidism is a common condition, and physicians should consider screening thyroid function in any patient with poor or worsening cardiac function.