Screening Tests for Adults

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Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here. Click on the links above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.

Thyroid Dysfunction

 Current expert opinion in the UK suggests that general testing of the population detects only a few cases of overt thyroid disease and is therefore unjustified even in high risk groups such as women over 60 and those with a strong family history of thyroid disease. (Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypothyroidism - British Medical Journal vol 313 pp 539-544 1996.
Testing is recommended in those patients who are at high risk of iatrogenic hypothyroidism because of previous thyroid surgery or treatment with radioiodine and those prescribed lithium or amiodarone.