Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (584)

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Question:

584. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Health the number of women diagnosed with thyroid disorders each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15305/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Data on the total number of women diagnosed with thyroid disorders each year are not available.

Data from the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) system show that in 2012 there were 1,308 hospitalisations with a principal diagnosis of disorders of the thyroid gland (ICD-10-AM E00 – E07). There were also an additional 7,319 hospitalisations with a secondary diagnosis of disorders of the thyroid gland.

Note that these data are based on discharges of women aged 18 and over from publicly funded acute hospitals. It is important to note also that these data may include multiple admissions of the same patient and should not be construed as an estimate of the prevalence of thyroid disorders.