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What is the life expectancy of someone with cretinism?

What is the life expectancy of someone with cretinism?

Rare Disorder: Cretinism is the name given to people that were born with hypothyroidis (caused by congenital absence of the thyroid gland) . It use to take up to 6 mo to a 1 yr of age to diagnose children with this condition and by that time they were mentally retarded and had course facial feautures that were not reversible with treatment. Now we have neonatal screening for this condition if promptly treated ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

I want to know what is the difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

See below: Cretinism is the condition that can result from congenital hypothyroidism. Think of it as cause and effect. Congenital hypothyroidism is the cause and cretinism is the effect. ...Read more

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Is there any long-term advantage early treatment of congenital hypothyroidism?

Is there any long-term advantage early treatment of congenital hypothyroidism?

Most Definitely!: Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical emergency because postponing treatment may lead to mental retardation. The infant brain must have appropriate thyroid hormone levels for normal development. This is the reason we do newborn screening for this condition. The soonest we get treatment started, the better for the baby. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

Is there a difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

Yes: Cretinism is an old description of children with growth stunning due to profound hypothyroidism, either congenital or acquired who go untreated. Their physical appearance is quite unique but now seldom encountered due to new born screening and early detection. I myself have not seen a case during my entire fellowship period ! it is present in other parts of the world where newborn screen is absent. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with cretinism?

Rare Disorder: Cretinism is the name given to people that were born with hypothyroidis (caused by congenital absence of the thyroid gland) . It use to take up to 6 mo to a 1 yr of age to diagnose children with this condition and by that time they were mentally retarded and had course facial feautures that were not reversible with treatment. Now we have neonatal screening for this condition if promptly treated ...Read more

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What is the difference between the diseases myxedema and cretinism?

What is the difference between the diseases myxedema and cretinism?

Very different!: Myxedema is severe hypothyroidism in an adult and is completely reversible if caught. Cretinism is a child born with severe hypothyroidism. Small size and mental defects are not treatable. ...Read more

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Is congenital hypothyroidism a sort of cretinism?

Is congenital hypothyroidism a sort of cretinism?

Yes: Cretinism or cretin was the term years ago to describe infants with the constellation of symptoms expressed in untreated congenital hypothyroidism.The term is a bit archaic, and has a derogatory connotation attached to its use.I seldom see the term used any more & haven't seen it in research literature in decades. ...Read more

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Cretinism or myxoedema/severe hypothyroidism? What is (are) the difference(s)?

Age: Cretinism is the developmental problem in bones and tissues in children with hypothyroidism. Severe or prolonged hypothyroidism in older people causes edema or swelling in all places including the tissues retaining fluid and even the heart and can lead to cardiomyopathy or coma. ...Read more

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Help please! is congenital hypothyroidism a type of cretinism?

Yes: Cretinism or cretin was the term years ago to describe infants with the constellation of symptoms expressed in untreated congenital hypothyroidism.The term is a bit archaic, and has a derogatory connotation attached to its use. ...Read more