- Newborn screening for Hypothyroidism & PKU is required by law in all
- Congenital hypothyroidism affects 1 in 3500 children worldwide. The
incidence is higher in Hispanics and Native Americans than Caucasians
and African Americans.
- Congenital Hypothyroidism, if left untreated, causes growth retardation
and irreversible mental retardation because thyroid hormones are necessary
for fetal and early childhood brain development.
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Ehrlich R. Psychoeducational outcome in children with early-treated
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