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Congenital hypothyroidism

Congenital hypothyroidism (CHT) can be of thyroidal or central (hypothalamic / pituitary) origin and can have a widely diverse molecular aetiology.

  • disorders in development of the thyroid gland
    • thyroid is absent
    • under-development with migration failure
    • under-development with normal migration
    • certain fetal goitres can also give hypothryroidism 4
  • disorders in thyroid hormone synthesis
    • TSH hypo-responsiveness
    • defects in iodide transport from circulation into the thyroid
    • defects in iodide transport from the thyroid cell to the
      follicular lumen, often combined with inner ear deafness
      (Pendred syndrome)
    • defects in the synthesis of hydrogen peroxide
    • defects in the oxidation of iodide, iodination and
      iodothyronine synthesis
    • defects in processes involved in the synthesis or degradation of thyroglobulin
    • detects in iodine recycling
  • central congenital hypothyroidism
    • disorders in development and/or function of the
      • hypothalamus
      • pituitary gland
      • both

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