A possible animal model of naturally occurring multinodular goitre in the Nilgiris of southern India

Biji T Kurien and Jobin T Kurien
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00760.x
Published online: 4 December 2006

Until recently, iodine deficiency had been prevalent for centuries in a number of landlocked mountainous regions of the world.1,2 The Himalayan region3 and the Bernese region of Switzerland4 were especially known for severe endemic goitre as a result of this deficiency. Since the 1920s, the prevalence of goitre has fallen with the widespread use of iodised table salt.4

  • Biji T Kurien1
  • Jobin T Kurien2

  • 1 Arthritis and Immunology, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Okla, USA.
  • 2 Mustang High School, Mustang, OK, 73064, USA.


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