Screening for Congenital Hypothyroidism: 4 Years of Experience
Congenital hypothyroidism is almost the ideal model suited for a mass screening program. If untreated, the disease leads to irrecuperable mental and physical retardation (Raiti and Newns 1971; Klein et al. 1972); early diagnosis is difficult because of the subtle clinical signs. The incidence was thought to be important (1:5000 to 1:10 000 births) (Kenney et al. 1975), and treatment with synthetic thyroid hormones is available. Thus, one had only to develop the methodology to insure early diagnosis of the disease.
KeywordsCongenital Hypothyroidism Primary Hypothyroidism Ectopic Gland Neonatal Hypothyroidism Mass Screening Program
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