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1 Hypothyroidism Eric Sherman Pediatric Endo Fellow Captain, USAF, MC

2 Who has ordered thyroid function tests (TFT)? Who has made decisions based on the results? Who has been confused by the results? Who has referred someone to peds endo for abnormal TFTs? Who follows patients with hypothyroidism without endocrine assistance?

3 Causes of hypothyroidism Congenital – 1 in 4000 live births Acquired Most common cause world wide??

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5 Causes of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) Thyroid dysgenesis1:4000 Thyroid dyshormonogenesis1:40,000 Central hypothyroidism1:100,000 Transient hypothyroidism1:40,000 Sperling

6 Signs/symptoms of CH

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8 Newborn Screen Mandatory in all 50 states If performed before 24 hours, must be repeated at least one more time Screening TSH: DC Screening FT4: VA, MD, overseas samples

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10 Positive newborn screen Confirmatory serum TSH and FT4 ASAP Call pediatric endocrinology Start Synthroid at micrograms/kg/day (50 micrograms once daily in term infants)

11 Example of MD newborn screen T410.8 (>7.0) T4 result is less than the 10 th percentile for this run. A TSH has been performed on this specimen to complete the thyroid testing. TSH result is 74.9 uIU/mL (<28.5 uIU/mL). Consultation with a pediatric endocrinologist and further serum thyroid studies are recommended.

12 How do you give Synthroid? Pill crushed Give with water or formula on a spoon, not in bottle or syringe Avoid soy formula (absorption issues) May double dose if previous day’s dose is missed

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14 Follow up TSH and FT4 ever 1-2 months during year 1 Every 3-6 months from ages 1-3 Every 6-12 months from 3 until patient stops growing Goal: bring FT4 into high normal range as rapidly as possible (TSH may remain elevated in 10% of patients)

15 Why treat CH? Average IQ 76 in pre newborn screen era Untreated patients lose an average of 1-2 IQ points per month until age 2 40% of untreated patients require special education in school Data suggests that treatment should be initiated within 2 weeks (PREP says 3 months)

16 Long term consequences w/ treatment Sensorineural hearing loss Decline in verbal IQ Head circumference 1 SD above the mean Normal height and weight

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19 Goitrogens Cabbage, kale and other cruciferous veggies Soybeans Animal fodder Lithium Amiodarone

20 Hashimoto’s (chronic lymphocytic) thyroiditis Most common cause of goiter in children over 6 F>M, family history in 30-40% More common in Down’s and Turner’s syndrome

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23 Other S/S Cold intolerance Fatigue Relative bradycardia Unexpected weight gain (usually this is not the thyroid’s fault) Goiter in 2/3 of cases

24 Associated illnesses 25-30% of Type I diabetics have + antibodies and 10% have elevated TSH Occasionally seen with celiac disease, JRA and IBD Can be part of autoimmune syndromes like APS type 1

25 Diagnosis Elevated TSH and low or normal FT4 Anti-TPO and/or anti-TG antibodies in % of patients TPO more sensitive and specific Ultrasound not a part of routine screening

26 Treatment Synthroid 100 micrograms/m2/day Profoundly hypothyroid patients undergoing treatment can present with ??? Follow TSH to ensure adequate treatment

27 Untreated Final adult height decreased Progressive thyroid enlargement Occasional significant pituitary enlargement Increased risk of thyroid cancer (even in treated patients)

28 On a routine annual evaluation, a 13 year old girl from the Midwest is found to have a diffusely enlarged thyroid gland that is approximately 3 times the normal size according the World Health Organization criteria. She is active, healthy, clinically euthyroid, and has no other abnormalities on physical examination. The family history discloses that two maternal aunts and two cousins each were told that they had a "goiter." Among the following, the most likely cause of this patient's thyroid enlargement is: A. Adolescent goiter B. Autoimmune thyroiditis C. Familial thyroid dyshormonogenesis D. Nutritional deficiency goiter E. Thyroid neoplasia

29 On a routine annual evaluation, a 13 year old girl from the Midwest is found to have a diffusely enlarged thyroid gland that is approximately 3 times the normal size according the World Health Organization criteria. She is active, healthy, clinically euthyroid, and has no other abnormalities on physical examination. The family history discloses that two maternal aunts and two cousins each were told that they had a "goiter." Among the following, the most likely cause of this patient's thyroid enlargement is: A. Adolescent goiter B. Autoimmune thyroiditis C. Familial thyroid dyshormonogenesis D. Nutritional deficiency goiter E. Thyroid neoplasia

30 Among the following, the most sensitive laboratory test to diagnose primary hypothyroidism is measurement of serum: A. Free T4 B. Thyroglobulin C. Thyroid antibodies D. Total T3 E. TSH

31 Among the following, the most sensitive laboratory test to diagnose primary hypothyroidism is measurement of serum: A. Free T4 B. Thyroglobulin C. Thyroid antibodies D. Total T3 E. TSH

32 An 8-year-old girl has a 2 year decline in growth velocity, as determined by plotting her height on a standard growth curve. At age 6 years, her height was at the 60th %; at age 7 years, it was at the 40 %; at age 8 years, it was at the 10th %. Her parents are of average height. Her history is otherwise unremarkable, and physical exam reveals no abnormalities, although her thyroid gland cannot be palpated. The pair of laboratory tests that would best help explain the cause of this patient's recent growth retardation is: A. Free T4 and T3 B. Growth hormone and blood urea nitrogen C. Thyroid ultrasonography and technetium pertechnate scan D. T4 and free T4 E. TSH and free T4

33 An 8-year-old girl has a 2 year decline in growth velocity, as determined by plotting her height on a standard growth curve. At age 6 years, her height was at the 60th %; at age 7 years, it was at the 40 %; at age 8 years, it was at the 10th %. Her parents are of average height. Her history is otherwise unremarkable, and physical exam reveals no abnormalities, although her thyroid gland cannot be palpated. The pair of laboratory tests that would best help explain the cause of this patient's recent growth retardation is: A. Free T4 and T3 B. Growth hormone and blood urea nitrogen C. Thyroid ultrasonography and technetium pertechnate scan D. T4 and free T4 E. TSH and free T4

34 You receive notice that a male infant in your practice had an elevated TSH level on newborn screening. The most important laboratory test to obtain immediately is a measure of: A. Free T4 B. Thyroglobulin C. Thyroid antibody D. Total T3 E. Thyroid stimulating hormone

35 You receive notice that a male infant in your practice had an elevated TSH level on newborn screening. The most important laboratory test to obtain immediately is a measure of: A. Free T4 B. Thyroglobulin C. Thyroid antibody D. Total T3 E. Thyroid stimulating hormone

36 Although the prognosis for normal intellectual and neurologic function and linear growth can be excellent for children who have congenital hypothyroidism, delaying treatment beyond which of the following ages is likely to be associated with impairments: A. 24 hours B. 2 weeks C. 3 months D. 6 months E. 1 year

37 Although the prognosis for normal intellectual and neurologic function and linear growth can be excellent for children who have congenital hypothyroidism, delaying treatment beyond which of the following ages is likely to be associated with impairments: A. 24 hours B. 2 weeks C. 3 months D. 6 months E. 1 year

38 A 15-year old female presents with an asymptomatic goiter. She has type I diabetes that was diagnosed at age 7 years. Of the following, the study that is most likely to be used to establish the diagnosis is: A. Measurement of antiperoxidase antibodies B. Needle biopsy of the thyroid C. Technetium thyroid scan D. Thyroid binding globulin level E. Ultrasonography of the thyroid

39 A 15-year old female presents with an asymptomatic goiter. She has type I diabetes that was diagnosed at age 7 years. Of the following, the study that is most likely to be used to establish the diagnosis is: A. Measurement of antiperoxidase antibodies B. Needle biopsy of the thyroid C. Technetium thyroid scan D. Thyroid binding globulin level E. Ultrasonography of the thyroid

40 You are evaluating a 15-year-old girl who is concerned about being overweight. Physical examination reveals a weight of 90.9 kg (>95%) and height of 170 cm (90%). Findings on the remainder of the examination, including the thyroid gland, are normal. The total T4 concentration is 3.1 mcg/dL (normal is ) and the TSH level is 4.5 microIU/mL (normal ). Repeat studies confirm these results, and a 3,5,3- triiodothyronine (T3) resin uptake is 52% (normal 25-35%). Of the following the most likely diagnosis is: A. Hashimotos thyroiditis B. Hyperthyroidism C. Primary (thyroid) hypothyroidism D. Secondary (central) hypothyroidism E. Thyroid binding globulin deficiency

41 You are evaluating a 15-year-old girl who is concerned about being overweight. Physical examination reveals a weight of 90.9 kg (>95%) and height of 170 cm (90%). Findings on the remainder of the examination, including the thyroid gland, are normal. The total T4 concentration is 3.1 mcg/dL (normal is ) and the TSH level is 4.5 microIU/mL (normal ). Repeat studies confirm these results, and a 3,5,3- triiodothyronine (T3) resin uptake is 52% (normal 25-35%). Of the following the most likely diagnosis is: A. Hashimotos thyroiditis B. Hyperthyroidism C. Primary (thyroid) hypothyroidism D. Secondary (central) hypothyroidism E. Thyroid binding globulin deficiency

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