Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 171–174 | Cite as

Plasma thyrotropin, thyroxine, triiodothyronine, free thyroxine, free triiodothyronine, and Cortisol levels in blind prepubertal boys

  • Antonio Bellastella
  • T. Criscuolo
  • A. A. Sinisi
  • S. Iorio
  • A. Mazzuca
  • F. Parlato
  • L. Perrone
  • M. Faggiano


Findings on thyroid function in blind subjects are lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate the thyroid hormonal pattern in prepubertal blind subjects. Six healthy and 8 blind males, aged 7–10 yr, in Tanner stage one puberty, living at Institute “Martuscelli” for blind young subjects, Napoli, Italy, were studied. Each had a TRH (200 µg) test at 08:00 h after nocturnal rest. Plasma TSH, T4, T3, free T4(FT4), free T3(FT3) and cortisol (F) were measured by RIA. Our blind subjects show levels of TSH (basal values and absolute peak after TRH), T4, T3 and F normal but FT4 and FT3 levels significantly higher than controls (39 pg/ml ± 4.7 vs 12 ± 0.6, p< 0.001; 14 pg/ml ± 1.3 vs 4.7 ± 0.2, p< 0.001, respectively). Our results, similar to those found in some patients with euthyroid hyperthyroxinemia, suggest that the prolonged inability to receive light signal could influence the metabolism of thyroid hormones and/ or cause a tissue resistance to their action, even if this hypothesis must be verified by future more extensive investigations.

Key Words

Thyroid function blindness thyroxine triiodothyronine TSH 


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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Bellastella
    • 1
  • T. Criscuolo
    • 1
  • A. A. Sinisi
    • 1
  • S. Iorio
    • 1
  • A. Mazzuca
    • 2
  • F. Parlato
    • 1
  • L. Perrone
    • 3
  • M. Faggiano
    • 1
  1. 1.lstituto di Endocrinologia, I Facoltà di Medicina e ChirurgiaUniversità di NapoliItaly
  2. 2.Istituto “Martuscelli” per Giovani CiechiNapoli
  3. 3.Dipartimento di PediatriaUniversità di NapoliNapoliItaly

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