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Does hypothyroidism affect any part of a child's brain?
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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: Age dependent
If babies are born with hypothyroidism or it happens to children below age 3-4 yrs, it can be devastating to brain development if untreated or poorly treated.
Older kids, like adults, can experience worsening mental performance.

In brief: Age dependent
If babies are born with hypothyroidism or it happens to children below age 3-4 yrs, it can be devastating to brain development if untreated or poorly treated.
Older kids, like adults, can experience worsening mental performance.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
That happens when the child is younger than 3 years old.

In brief: Yes
That happens when the child is younger than 3 years old.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
In congenital hypothyroidism a passive transfer of maternal thyriod harmone seems to protect infants until delivery, but soon after, an accumulation of mucin, begins in the brain and other tissue.
During this period of rapid brain growth, severe long term mental impairment can occur if dx&tx are delayed even a few months. Older kids who develope ht tolerate much longer periods without brain effects.

In brief: Yes
In congenital hypothyroidism a passive transfer of maternal thyriod harmone seems to protect infants until delivery, but soon after, an accumulation of mucin, begins in the brain and other tissue.
During this period of rapid brain growth, severe long term mental impairment can occur if dx&tx are delayed even a few months. Older kids who develope ht tolerate much longer periods without brain effects.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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