Statistics about Thyroid disorders


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Thyroid disorders. The term 'prevalence' of Thyroid disorders usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Thyroid disorders at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Thyroid disorders refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Thyroid disorders diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Thyroid disorders: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Thyroid disorders)
  Prevalance of Thyroid disorders: 20 million Americans (NWHIC)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 13 or 7.35% or 20 million people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Thyroid disorders: about 13 million (based on estimates from the AACE, as reported by Reader's Digest 1; estimated 8 million people (American Medical Women's Association)
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate: approx 1 in 20 or 4.78% or 13 million people in USA [about data]
  Lifetime risk for Thyroid disorders: 1 in 8 women during their lifetime in the US (American Medical Women’s Association); 1 in 8 for women (NWHIC)
  Prevalance of Thyroid disorders: About 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, including many who may not be aware of their condition.2
  Prevelance statistics about Thyroid disorders: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Thyroid disorders:
  • 27 per 1000 (NHIS95: "goiter and thyroid disorders")
  • 1 in 4,000 babies (NWHIC)
  • 13 million in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)

  Undiagnosed prevalence statistics about Thyroid disorders: The following statistics relate to undiagnosed cases of Thyroid disorders:
  • More than half of 13 million cases are undiagnosed in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)

Society statistics for Thyroid disorders
  Hospitalization statistics for Thyroid disorders: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Thyroid disorders:
  • 0.09% (11,469) of hospital episodes were for thyroid gland disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultations for thyroid gland disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 20% of hospital episodes for thyroid gland disorders were for thyroid gland disorders men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital episodes for thyroid gland disorders were for thyroid gland disorders women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19% of hospital admissions for thyroid gland disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for thyroid gland disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for thyroid gland disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for thyroid gland disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospitalisations for thyroid gland disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 14% of hospitalisations for thyroid gland disorders occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 13% of hospitalisations for thyroid gland disorders were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.09% (49,383) of hospital bed days were for thyroid gland disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0001% (13) of hospital consultant episodes were for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions were women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 15% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 15% of hospital consultant episodes for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0001% (50) of hospital bed days were for iodine defect related thyroid disorders and allied conditions in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% (4) of hospital consultant episodes were for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% (6) of hospital bed days were for subclinical iodine-deficiency hypothyroidism in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. Reader's Digest, February 2004, "10 Diseases Doctors Miss", page 120
2. excerpt from Thyroid Disease: NWHIC

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