Thyroid Disease in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence

  • Rosalind S. Brown
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE, volume 2)


Unlike in the adult, thyroid disease in the child is associated with important effects on growth and development. Although thyroid disorders often are subtle in presentation, the deleterious consequences of late or inappropriate diagnosis and treatment may be irreversible. In general, severe congenital abnormalities present in infancy whereas less severe defects or acquired abnormalities, particularly autoimmune thyroid disease, develop later in childhood and adolescence. In the newborn infant, thyroid disease may result not only from an abnormality in the child but as a result of the transplacental passage from the mother of factors that affect the fetal thyroid gland.


Thyroid Disease Thyroid Nodule Congenital Hypothyroidism Radioreceptor Assay McCune Albright Syndrome 
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