oa South African Medical Journal - The thyroid treatment of essential hypertension : report on 334 cases

Volume 26, Issue 49
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In the regulation of blood pressure the adrenal medulla and the thyroid -gland have antagonistic actions. On the assumption that thyroid insufficiency is the basic factor in the causation of essential hypertension, 334 cases of hypertension were treated with thyroid extract. About 70% responded favourably. Renal hypertension does not respond to thyroid treatment. The value of thyroid extract in the treatment of essential hypertension is confirmed.

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