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Thyroid Dysfunction and its Somatic Reflections: A Preliminary Report

The hypothesis that thyroid dysfunction can be detected by palpation of a lesion at the second cervical vertebra (C2) on the left was tested in 100 selected subjects. Patients were studied by palpation of all cervical vertebrae, scanning, laboratory tests, including uptake, and clinical evaluation. Of 38 patient with no palpable cervical lesion, 25 (66 percent) had normal thyroid function whereas 13 (34 percent) had either thyrotoxicosis, nodular goiter, autonomous nodules, or hypothyroidism.

The remaining 62 patients had palpable cervical lesions, 39 on the left C2 area of whom 88 percent had thyroid dysfunction. Seven (11 percent) of the 62 patients with cervical lesions with euthyroid (normal thyroid function). Further investigation of the concept of the somatic reflection of dysfunction of internal organs is warranted.

Wiliamson ME,  J Am Osteopath Assoc 1973 (Mar); 72 (7): 731-737