The intestinal mucosa in thyrotoxicosis: A light and electron microscopic assessment
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The intestinal mucosa was investigated by light and electron microscopic techniques in a group of 7 patients with thyrotoxicosis. Steatorrhoea was found in two patients and can be accounted for by other medical states. The intestinal mucosa was essentially normal in all seven cases including those with biochemical evidence of malabsorption. Urinary excretion of D-xylose and serum carotene have not been found to be reliable screening tests for malabsorption in thyrotoxicosis and possible explanations are discussed. It is concluded that thyrotoxicosisper se is not associated with structural alterations in the intestinal mucosa.
KeywordsXylose Intestinal Mucosa IRISH Journal Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Mucosal Pattern
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