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Thank you.

DR. KIBBE:  Thank you.

Our next speaker is Dr. Bryan Haugen.

DR. HAUGEN:  Yes.  Thank you.  I'm Bryan Haugen from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and I have to report that I've done past consulting with Abbott Laboratories.

What I would like to do is actually put a bit of a patient face to this by showing you one of the patients that has been seen in my clinic.  A 62-year old woman presented with classic symptoms of hypothyroidism that you heard from Dr. Hamilton.  She had fatigue, weight gain and constipation and her laboratory testing revealed a serum TSH that was elevated ‑‑ you can see the normal range in the brackets ‑‑ at 28 and a serum T4 that was perfectly within the normal range, which many of us see in many different patients, and we call this mild thyroid failure or subclinical hypothyroidism.

She was treated with .1 milligram of levothyroxine once a day.  Eight weeks later, she returned.  Symptoms had improved, still did have fatigue,

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