The prevalence of thyroid disorders in the UK is thought to be between 0.5% and 2%, predominantly occurring in women. In adult women in the Netherlands the prevalence of thyrotoxicosis has been estimated at 0.8 cases per 1000 population; and in the Stockholm area of Sweden, the incidence of solitary toxic adenoma has been estimated at 3.3 cases per 100,000 people per year. In the US, toxic adenomas are most common in younger adults (age 20 to 40 years) and account for about 5% of cases of hyperthyroidism.
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