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Doctor insights on: Does Hypothyroidism Cause Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Consult with OB-GYN: Not knowing more about you it's very important that you talk about this finding with your ob-gyn for the sake of your baby and your emotional state of mind. You only want the best for this baby and your want to do everything to insure a healthy child is born. ...Read more

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What causes fetal growth restriction?

What causes fetal growth restriction?

MF/placental factors: Maternal-fetal and placental etiologies can all cause fetal growth restriction. Severa fetal syndromes can lead to fgr (e.g. Down, patau, triploidy, edwards, noonan's, digeorge). Multifetal pregnancies are at increased risk for fgr; this can result in fetal demise, fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy or even normal outcomes in non-syndromic cases. Placental infarcts, hypertension, lupus: culprits. ...Read more

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How do I know if adopted child has growth hormone deficiency, wrong birthdate, or growth restriction?

How do I know if adopted child has growth hormone deficiency, wrong birthdate, or growth restriction?

Need to chart growth: If your child is very small, a physician needs to chart and analyze growth over a period of time by using a growth chart. If a child is small but growing at a normal rate, that is very different than a child who stops growing. Also head circumference and weight gain over time also need to be factored in. If actual age is not known, an estimate can be made by an xray of the hand bones. ...Read more

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Dear Sir or Madam, I have hypothyroidism. How often should my thyroid levels be checked? Does hypothyroidism cause facial hair growth? Thank you.

Dear Sir or Madam, I have hypothyroidism. How often should my thyroid levels be checked? Does hypothyroidism cause facial hair growth? Thank you.

Levels: If you're newly diagnosed and started on thyroid replacement therapy, your TSH and free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels need to be checked every 6 weeks until your levels are in the desired range. Once they are in the desired range then maintenance levels can be checked once every several months or so or sooner if you have persistent symptoms. Hypothyroidism tends to cause one to lose hair rather than growth. ...Read more

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Feel like I'm growing taller but I'm in mid 30s. Don't know exact prior height to compare. Could having hypothyroidism cause growth spurt at this age?

Feel like I'm growing taller but I'm in mid 30s. Don't know exact prior height to compare. Could having hypothyroidism cause growth spurt at this age?

Growth: Sorry, but you will not grow any taller in height at this age. Usually stops between 18 and 25 occasionally earlier and less often after age 25. Certainly not at age 30+ If anything hypothyroid would slow you down - in well being, not height. Have your thyroid levels measured soon please. ...Read more

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Is there any connection b/w an adult (in 30s) growing in height and hypothyroidism? Can the condition or any of the meds used for it cause growth?

Is there any connection b/w an adult (in 30s) growing in height and hypothyroidism? Can the condition or any of the meds used for it cause growth?

No connection: Humans don't grow after they reach maturity/adulthood. Some can increase their height a bit by improving posture and spine position/mechanics. Also, an abnormality of growth hormone might result in growth, but not just in height...lips, etc, resulting in acromegaly. Hypothyroidism or it's treatments should not be related. This should be evaluated by your endocrinologist/thyroid doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

What endocrine disorders other than acromegaly or pituitary tumor could cause height growth spurts in late 30s/early 40s?Would hypothyroidism do that?

Growth: Once you go through puberty, the growth plates close, and you will not grow anymore. Acromegaly in an adult does not cause growth in height, just thickening of bones/features. Hypothyroidism does not increase height. The most common cause of "adult growth" is a mistake in measurement, including in MD offices, where height measurements are often not accurate. ...Read more