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Cretinism In Children
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
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
Cretinism: Cretinism is congenital hypothyroidism is associated with decreased muscle tone, enlarged tongue, mental retardation, jaundice and deaf mutism. The jaundice is likely due to a deficiency of the enE in the liver that converts bilirubin to a form that can be easily excreted. Newborns have mild deficiency in this hormone and on babies with cretinism the deficiency is worse and leads to jaundice. ...Read more
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 laboratory testing found that many had congenital hypothyroidism. The term furfuraceous cretin was often a subtype ascribed to kids with down syndrome. Present scientific papers and discussions rarely use the term any more. ...Read more
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
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 applied to many with profound retardation and developmental delay. Many were found to have congenital hypothyroidism, some Down syndrome or other problems. For many it became jargon for profoundly retarded. The term cretin is rarely used today. ...Read more
Thanx very much Dr. But if u may explain more about the relationship between cretinism and jaundice. .. I mean how does cretinism affect the liver?
I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?
Good resource below.:
Http://www. Circleofmoms. Com/moms-with-kids-who-have-congenital-hypothyroidism
Is a place for providing and obtaining support. ...Read more
Not correct: All these terms are not used in medical talk any more because they are denigrating and demeaning and they do not have a ckear cut medical definition, except for cretinism which we do not see any more. ...Read more
What could this be and what should I do ok for about 2 months I have been experiencing vomitting after cretin foods and very nassus threw out the day. Been eating bland food to see if that helps it does not. My lower back has now began to hurt and for the
I: I would urge you to see a doctor and be evaluated for these symptoms. Important questions would be, do you have prior medical conditions or prior surgeries, and do you have a past family history of any abdominal problems. If you are concerned about pregnancy despite the prior testing, your physician should re-test you. Whenever you can't keep any food down you must be seen by a physician for evaluation. ...Read more
Forgive me...Might you mean "creatine" and Nitric Oxide supplements? These pre-workout compounds are used by some individuals to boost performance.
These substances work via different mechanisms and metabolic pathways and their effects may be additive. Whether or not your physiology can utilize them without untoward effect is a question for a sports physiologist or trainer. ...Read more
I had a C-section 9/18/13 & since then sex in cretin positions hurt & I bleed a little bit is this normal pain is around my ovary area either le/right?
Ovarian cysts: The only thing that comes to mind in this situation that makes sense is that ovarian cysts can be associated with painful sex. It would be a good idea to get an ultrasound and have your OB examine you well. As far as sex, try side to side positions that don't hurt as much for a while! ...Read more
I have pain in left leg, above my knee about 4 inches. It feels like maybe a tendon or ligament because if I lean a cretin direction it feels like it's popping like a guitar string and causes severe pain. After I work out it burns and hurts for the rest o
Leg pain: It is time for your doctor to refer you to an orthopedic surgeon and/or a neurologist. ...Read more
Was told I have renal failure and cretin level 7, can I avoid dialysis. I am on a very heavy diet avoiding sodium, potassium, protin?
Neonatal hypothyroid: Rare thyroidopathies resulting from mutations that prevent the fetal or neonatal thyroid gland from producing enough hormone are collectively called congenital hypothyroidism. Even more rare are cases of lingual or other thyroid ectopy or agenesis that can have the same effect (low thyroxine). As this hormone is required for brain development affected infants can become intellectually challenged. ...Read more
Blood tests: Each state has certain screening tests for newborns to identify treatable conditions that can lead to irreversible damage if undetected. All states mandate testing for congenital hypothyroidism. This is done by testing blood obtained by a heel stick. Read more here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/newborn_screening. ...Read more
Cure?: Some babies can have a transient congenital hypothyroidism. However, for those that are not transient, being born without a functioning thyroid can't be cured. The defects are mostly anatomical, where a baby might be born without a thyroid or with one which is displaced. Sometimes the thyroid is unable to make thyroid hormone because of a genetic defect. Still, very treatable with levothyroxine. ...Read more
Genetic & sporadic: Hi. Congenital hypothyroidism left untreated is disastrous for the patient (cretinism). In the US, we screen all neonates for hypothyroidism. The only patient with cretinism I've seen was born in Mexico, where they don't screen neonates; it was tragic. There are known genes that can cause congenital hypothyroidism either in the homozygous recessive state or heterozygous dominant state. Screen!!! ...Read more
Many: Depends on the age but for infants, they can have puffy face, dull look, thick tongue that sticks out. For toddlers and children, they can have constipation, dry, brittle skin, poor feeding, short height, sleepiness, fatigue, loss of muscle tone (floppy kids), choking epidodes, low hairline...This is a serious disease with serious lifetime consequences. It's easily checked by a blood test. ...Read more
Magic Foundation: Great reputation for many pediatric endocrine conditions- directed toward families: http://www. Magicfoundation. Org/www/docs/114.125/. ...Read more
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Low thyroid function: 'congenital' means it's present at birth, and hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland (which is at the front base of the neck) isn't producing enough of the chemicals it should. This condition requires treatment with thyroid hormone to replace what the thyroid isn't making. ...Read more
Thyroid hormone: The treatment for congenital hypothyroidism is to replace the missing hormone, thyroxine, and monitor the treatment. I would hope all health providers would treat it the same way! It's a very natural treatment (it's replacing the same missing hormone the body is not making) and usually all that is necessary. ...Read more
See below: Congenital hypothroidism is caused by poor development of thyroid gland in utero and not by immunologic injury. ...Read more
I have a congenital hypothyroidism and take a pill daily to control it. I want to know what could be causing me to lose weight?
? over treatment: Low thyroid is very common and easy to treat. However the replacement medicine/hormone can get to a higher level in the body than needed and can lead to weight loss. This is usually associated with hunger. You should have thyroid levels checked. If normal then you will need eval for other causes of weight loss (which are plentiful). You'll need to clarify with dr if you have other symptoms. ...Read more
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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