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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.

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 more

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Dr. Judy Saslow
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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


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Can those heel prick tests show if your kid has congenital hypothyroidism?

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 more

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My week old babies heel prick tests have come back, and an abnormality was shown for congenital hypothyroidism. What should I do?

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 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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My week old babies heelprick tests have come back with congenital hypothyroidism?

My week old babies heelprick tests have come back with congenital hypothyroidism?

Get treatment ASAP: The screening tests are usually subjected to confirmation. Assuming that your baby has hypothyroidism, it is essential to start medication to treat the disorder as soon as possible. Please see your pediatrician promptly. ...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

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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?

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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Can you replace a thyroid if a child has congenital hypothyroidism?

Can you replace a thyroid if a child has congenital hypothyroidism?

No: You can replace the thyroid hormone missing but you can't replace the gland. The medication is cheap, effective and nearly identical to the body's version. Check with your doctor if thyroxine therapy is indeed warranted. ...Read more

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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