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Is there any long-term advantage early treatment of congenital hypothyroidism?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Most Definitely!
Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical emergency because postponing treatment may lead to mental retardation.
The infant brain must have appropriate thyroid hormone levels for normal development. This is the reason we do newborn screening for this condition. The soonest we get treatment started, the better for the baby.

In brief: Most Definitely!
Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical emergency because postponing treatment may lead to mental retardation.
The infant brain must have appropriate thyroid hormone levels for normal development. This is the reason we do newborn screening for this condition. The soonest we get treatment started, the better for the baby.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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2 comments
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Congential hypothyroidism is called cretinism.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Cretinism is a condition of severely stunted physical and mental growth due to untreated congenital hypothyroidism
Dr. Howard Gollup
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The rationale behind newborn screening is that early detection will make a difference.
Early evaluation and treatment of hypothyroidism is key; untreated, I have seen estimates that about 50% of future IQ can be lost by six months. In addition, general growth other organ systems besides the brain and nervous system can be affected. So, yes, very meaningful advantages to early treatment.

In brief: Yes
The rationale behind newborn screening is that early detection will make a difference.
Early evaluation and treatment of hypothyroidism is key; untreated, I have seen estimates that about 50% of future IQ can be lost by six months. In addition, general growth other organ systems besides the brain and nervous system can be affected. So, yes, very meaningful advantages to early treatment.
Dr. Howard Gollup
Dr. Howard Gollup
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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No doubt
Several decades of proven advantage.

In brief: No doubt
Several decades of proven advantage.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The treatment need to start asap to improve brain development and maturation.

In brief: Yes
The treatment need to start asap to improve brain development and maturation.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The term "goiterous cretins" was used for congenitally hypothyroid infants who made up half the population of state institutions in the late 1800's.
Mental and physical delays marked their short life.Hypothyroid adults may tolerate periods without treatment, but a developing babies nervous system can suffer perminent damage without early treatment. This is why states pay to screen all newborns.

In brief: Yes
The term "goiterous cretins" was used for congenitally hypothyroid infants who made up half the population of state institutions in the late 1800's.
Mental and physical delays marked their short life.Hypothyroid adults may tolerate periods without treatment, but a developing babies nervous system can suffer perminent damage without early treatment. This is why states pay to screen all newborns.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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