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Title: Are routine checkups necessary? : The Shinawatra's employee study
Authors: Kiertijai Bhuripanyo
Wattana Leowattana
Ongkarn Ruangratanaamporn
Nithi Mahanonda
Charn Sriratanasathavorn
Chunhakasem Chotinaiwattarakul
Charuwan Kangkagate
Surank Akaniroj
Wandee Rochanasiri
Wiphawin Watthanaprakarnchai
Suphachai Chaithiraphan
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2000
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.83, No.SUPPL. 2 (2000)
Abstract: The authors performed a survey in 3,615 Shinawatra employees aged 18-60 years to determine the abnormalities found with routine checkup. The annual checkup included: history taking, anthropometric measurement, physical examination, complete blood count, urine analysis, chest roentgenography, blood chemistry (fasting blood glucose, BUN, creatinine, uric acid, AST/ALT, cholesterol, triglyceride and HDL-cholesterol). The prevalence of abnormalities with management change detected by complete blood count, urine analysis was low and we did not recommend the routine use of complete blood count and urine analysis. The prevalence of hypertension was more common in males and the prevalence increased sharply after the age of 25 years in males and 40 years in females. The prevalence of abnormalities of BUN, creatinine (both males and females) and uric acid (in females) was very low. There was high prevalence of high AST/ALT which suggested hepatitis in our population, and the prevalence was more common in males beginning at a young age. Diabetes mellitus was more common in males especially after the age of 45 years. Chest roentgenography abnormalities were found in 9.4 per cent and the prevalence of abnormalities increased with age and was common after the age of 44 years. Most of the abnormalities found by chest roentgenography were pulmonary infiltration and cardiomegaly. The authors' findings did not recommend the routine use of complete blood count, urine analysis, fasting BUN and creatinine. We recommend routine blood pressure measurement in males aged 25 years or more and in females aged 40 years or more. We suggest routine blood cholesterol measurement in both sexes, blood triglyceride measurement in males aged 25 years or more and fasting blood sugar tests in males aged more than 44 years, chest roentgenography in males and females after the age of 45 years.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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