oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Severe iodine deficiency in two endemic goitre areas of Zimbabwe

Volume 37, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The purpose of the study was to investigate the iodine status of the population and the possible role of goitregens (that are metabolised to thiocyanate), in two endemic goitre areas of Zimbabwe. This was done through estimation of iodine (I) and thiocyanate (SCN) levels in spot urine samples collected from goitrous and non-goitrous subjects. These results indicate that the populations studied are affected by severe iodine deficiency, but that thiocyanate does not have a significant goitrogenic effect. The implications of the results, and the reasons for the discrepancies between them and ones obtained in earlier studies, are discussed.

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