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

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Thyroid testing is one of the several disorders for which newborns are screened.
This newborn screening is typically done by heel stick.

In brief: Yes

Thyroid testing is one of the several disorders for which newborns are screened.
This newborn screening is typically done by heel stick.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Usually, yes. Some errors happen, but they are rare.

In brief: Yes

Usually, yes. Some errors happen, but they are rare.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Heal stick tests on newborns are used to detect a number of treatable problems that might otherwise go unnoticed until damage has started.
Congenital hypothyriidism is one of the earliest tests added to newborn screening programs due to the success in early detection and treatment. Check with your state to see for sure.

In brief: Yes

Heal stick tests on newborns are used to detect a number of treatable problems that might otherwise go unnoticed until damage has started.
Congenital hypothyriidism is one of the earliest tests added to newborn screening programs due to the success in early detection and treatment. Check with your state to see for sure.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism

In brief: Yes

The tests are not 100% accurate, but are very likely to identify the disorder.

In brief: Yes

The tests are not 100% accurate, but are very likely to identify the disorder.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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