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Vol. 19 - Num. 74

Clinical Reviews

Recurrent conjunctivitis of unknown origin. Hyperthyroidism?

Laura González Calvetea, Sara Vidal Tanakab, Claudia Iñesta Mena a, Laura Lagunilla Herrero a

aPediatra. CS El Parque-Somió. Gijón. Asturias. España.
bMédico de Familia. CS Las Vegas. Corvera. Asturias . España.

Correspondence: L González. E-mail:

Reference of this article: González Calvete L, Vidal Tanaka S, Iñesta Mena C, Lagunilla Herrero L. Recurrent conjunctivitis of unknown origin. Hyperthyroidism? Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2017;19:163-6.

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Hyperthyroidism in childhood is a very rare condition, and in most cases of autoimmune etiology (Graves’ disease). The classic triad consists of goiter, ophthalmopathy and dermopathy. Clinical presentation in children is highly variable and often with an insidious onset, which on many occasions may cause a delay on its diagnosis and treatment. A case is reported here where a 12-year-old patient, who showed a refractory bilateral chronic conjunctivitis refractary to topical usual treatments, was finally referred to the Pediatric Endocrinology Department due to the likelihood of her suffering from Graves’ ophthalmopathy.


Graves ophthalmopathy Graves’ disease Hyperthyroidism



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