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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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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)?

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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Why dose the jaundice consider to be a symptom for cretinism. If you may describe in details?

Why dose the jaundice consider to be a symptom for cretinism. If you may describe in details?

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

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Help please! Is congenital hypothyroidism a type of cretinism?

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

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Is it true that congenital hypothyroidism is a type of cretinism?

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

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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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Please advise what is the difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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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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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?

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?

Doesn't: Congenital hypothyroidism is associated with Jaundice causally, that is, there is a direct relationship between congenital hypothyroidism and in conjugated hyperbilirubinemia, that is not associated with any measurable degree of liver damage or malfunction ...Read more

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I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?

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

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Is a cretin smarter than an imbecile or moron?

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

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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

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

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Is it safe to take cretin and nitric oxide stimulator together?

Ambiguous: 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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

See a nephrologist: Only a kidney specialist can address this question. The underlying cause of your renal failure is likely going to factor in to the answer. With a creatinine of 7 you should already be seeing a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What is congenital hypothyroidism?

What is congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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What causes congenital hypothyroidism?

What causes congenital hypothyroidism?

Underdevelopment...: Congenital thyroid dysplasia, poor development of thyroid gland in utero, leads to congenital hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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Any good websites for congenital hypothyroidism?

Any good websites for congenital hypothyroidism?

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! ...Read more

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What are the tests for congenital hypothyroidism?

What are the tests for congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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What sort of disease is congenital hypothyroidism?

What sort of disease is congenital hypothyroidism?

Hormone deficiency: Mutation in the genes needed for making thyroid hormone can result in deficiency of the hormone even in the uterus. The disease interferes with normal development, including that of the brain and the newborn may be a cretin. ...Read more

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Any reports in journals of congenital hypothyroidism that has been cured?

Any reports in journals of congenital hypothyroidism that has been cured?

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

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Why jaundice in congenital hypothyroidism?

Why jaundice in congenital hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: Prolonged jaundice is due to delayed maturation of the enzyme which helps in the glucorindation of bilirubin
like all delayed processes this is also delayed ...Read more

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How do you get congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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What symptoms make you think of congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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What are some good websites for congenital hypothyroidism?

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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Foods to avoid if your baby has congenital hypothyroidism?

Foods to avoid if your baby has congenital hypothyroidism?

Yes: Please avoid excessive intake of foods with very high iodine content like seaweed or goitrogens like in brassica vegetables. Luckily, in a normal diet, it is impossible to feed your baby too much of these foods. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Congenital hypothyroidism?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital hypothyroidism?

Cong. Hypothyroidism: Congenital hypothyroidism is inadequate thyroid function at birth. It can be due to abnormality in thyroid gland, inborn error of thyroid metabolism or iodine deficiency. Newborn screening includes testing for congenital hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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I have congenital hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid, any suggestions?

I have congenital hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid, any suggestions?

Suggests: You are taking too low a dose of thyroid replacement therapy, but don't change dose yourself;
have md check free T4 and TSH to decide and help find right dose for you. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have pcos and congenital hypothyroidism?

What can I expect if I have pcos and congenital hypothyroidism?

They do not interact: As long as you take your thyroid hormone consistently and have your levels checked yearly, your thyroid problem should not affect you in any way, and would not either cause PCOS or make it more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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How do I explain to my son what it means to have congenital hypothyroidism?

How do I explain to my son what it means to have congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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How do complementary doctors treat congenital hypothyroidism?

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

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Why might congenital hypothyroidism not cause immune problems?

See below: Congenital hypothroidism is caused by poor development of thyroid gland in utero and not by immunologic injury. ...Read more

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What are the major signs and symptoms of congenital hypothyroidism?

What are the major signs and symptoms of congenital hypothyroidism?

EVERYTHING SLOWED: Everything slowed down - slow growth, slow movements, slow reflex, slow heart rate, weakness, fatigue, dry skin, cold intolerance, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any long-term effects to untreated congenital hypothyroidism?

Is there any long-term effects to untreated congenital hypothyroidism?

Cretinism: Look this up online. It used to be a common cause of mental deficiency before we began testing for and treating congenital hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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