Author(s): Debabani Bora1, Rajib Kr. Borah2, Santona Thakuria3, Rajat Dutta Roy4
BACKGROUND: Due to the high incidence of thyroid disorders in the North-Eastern population of India a study was undertaken in Guwahati Medical College to see the age related changes in the morphology of the gland in the cadavers of this region. AIM: The study was done to compare the dimensions of the thyroid gland in this population with different studies around the world to see if it can throw any light why thyroid disorders are more common in this population and help clinicians to deal better.
MATERIALS AND METHOD: The specimens were divided into three groups according to their ages. Twenty (21) specimens (both male and female) were taken from each age group. Statistical analysis was done by paired t-test and t was taken as significant if the value of t was greater than 2.18.
SUMMARY: A study of all together of 63 specimen were taken up to see if any morphological differences in dimension exists in various age groups viz. pediatrics, adults and elderly and co relate with findings of previous workers and was statistically analyzed.
CONCLUSION: The study showed that there was no morphological difference of this population with that of previous studies done in other parts of the world. Perhaps a histological study in molecular level will throw more light why this stratum of population is so vulnerable to thyroid disorders.