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I want to know what is the difference between cretinism and congenital hypothyroidism?

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Dr. Tyrone Malloy
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tyrone Malloy
Dr. Tyrone Malloy
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Cause vs Effect

Congenital hypothyroidism means that an infant is born without the ability to make thyroid hormone.
Cretinism is the syndrome of physical abnormalities and profound mental retardation that are the result of lack of thyroid hormone. If the hypothyroidism is identified soon after birth, and the infant is treated with thyroid hormone, cretinism will not occur.

In brief: Cause vs Effect

Congenital hypothyroidism means that an infant is born without the ability to make thyroid hormone.
Cretinism is the syndrome of physical abnormalities and profound mental retardation that are the result of lack of thyroid hormone. If the hypothyroidism is identified soon after birth, and the infant is treated with thyroid hormone, cretinism will not occur.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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