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is there a difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
A mater of history: Creatinism is an old term that was used to describe many of the children kept in institutions in great brittan in the late 1800's.It often included ch ... Read More

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Old term vs new: Cretinism is a term used before testing helped sort out many of the causes of mental retardation that affected infants and children. It was broadly a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Cause vs Effect: Congenital hypothyroidism means that an infant is born without the ability to make thyroid hormone. Cretinism is the syndrome of physical abnormaliti ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Cretinism or cretin was the term years ago to describe infants with the constellation of symptoms expressed in untreated congenital hypothyroidism.The ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Cretinism or cretin was the term years ago to describe infants with the constellation of symptoms expressed in untreated congenital hypothyroidism.The ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Old term: The term cretin is an old term often used as a slang for the mentally defective kids in foundling homes or institutions.It arose at a time before labo ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Neonatal hypothyroid: Rare thyroidopathies resulting from mutations that prevent the fetal or neonatal thyroid gland from producing enough hormone are collectively called c ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Underdevelopment...: Congenital thyroid dysplasia, poor development of thyroid gland in utero, leads to congenital hypothyroidism.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Genetic & sporadic: Hi. Congenital hypothyroidism left untreated is disastrous for the patient (cretinism). In the US, we screen all neonates for hypothyroidism. The only ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ariel Zisman
27 years experience Endocrinology
Try hormones.org: This is the official website of the hormone foundation of the endocrine society, specializing in patient education on endocrine issues. Good luck!
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