One male patient was taking diethylstilbesterol
. Four women (2 euthyroid, 2 subclinical hypothyroid) were taking corticosteroids, which also can reduce TSH levels.
The claim that the hormones do pose health risks may be based on an experience with a synthetic estrogen called diethylstilbesterol
Comparison of multiple assays for kinetic detection of apoptosis in thymocytes exposed to dexamethasone or diethylstilbesterol
. Cytometry 35(1):80-90.
Cytologic evidence of extensive keratotic reaction in women exposed to diethylstilbesterol
Selective prothymocyte targeting by prenatal diethylstilbesterol
However, except for data on radiation and prenatal exposure to diethylstilbesterol
(DES), there are virtually no human data adequate for quantitative analysis.
Hydroperoxidative oxidation of diethylstilbesterol