Treatment Strategy and Long Term Follow Up of Congenital Hypothyroidism

  • G. Van Vliet
  • Th. Barboni
  • M. Klees
  • F. Cantraine
  • R. Wolter
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Congenital hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders in childhood (1). Since it became possible to establish mass screening programs for this condition, its outlook has changed dramatically: early diagnosis and treatment have led to the disappearance of mental retardation (2), which was the most dramatic long-term sequella of congenital hypothyroidism (3). Whether the physical and neuropsychological development of children diagnosed as having congenital hypothyroidism by neonatal screening is entirely normal remains controversial (2, 4–11).


Head Circumference Standard Deviation Score Congenital Hypothyroidism Neonatal Screening Psychomotor Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Van Vliet
    • 1
  • Th. Barboni
    • 1
  • M. Klees
    • 1
  • F. Cantraine
    • 2
  • R. Wolter
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement de PédiatrieHôpital Universitaire des EnfantsReine FabiolaBelgium
  2. 2.Département de Calcul Scientifique, Faculté de MédecineUniversité Libre de BruxellesBelgium

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