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Heel Prick Tests Congenital Hypothyroidism
I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.
Other possibilities.: The Thyroid is not the only endocrine gland that affects metabolism, mood, menstrual cycles and hair follicle activity in women your age. It's quite possible that you are experiencing peri-menopause, or that you have Vitamin D deficiency. Has the enlargement of the thyroid gland been confirmed/examined with ultrasound? If not it should be. Your other hormones and a D level should be checked also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypothyroidism (Infant And Child) (Definition)
Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which babies have low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is crucial for development, especially development of the brain, and lack of thyroid hormone can lead to mental retardation. Causes of congenital hypothyroidism include the failure of the thyroid gland to form (agenesis) or immature brain to gland signaling. Treatment via thyroid hormone replacement is very effective. ...Read more
Yes: All 50 states now screen for congenital hypothyroidism as part of the new born screen . In the US, the most common screening approach is measuring T4 (actual thyroid hormone) level with backup of TSH (the signal from the brain that controls thyroid hormone production). This approach has been shown to miss one case out of almost 90, 000 infants who are screened. So the answer is yes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My week old babies heel prick tests have come back, and an abnormality was shown for congenital hypothyroidism. What should I do?
Peds endo ASAP: True congenital hypothyroidism is a medically urgent condition needing a pediatric endocrinologist asap. Abnormal results from the newborn state screen should prompt this through the baby's pediatrician. Untreated congenital hypothyroidism will cause developmental delays by damaging the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Congenital hypothroidism is caused by poor development of thyroid gland in utero and not by immunologic injury. ...Read more
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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