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Congenital Hypothyroidism

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The thyroid is a gland in the lower neck. It makes hormones that regulate growth, brain development, and metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a low or absent production of these hormones. Congenital means the conditions is present since birth.
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If this condition is not treated it can cause damage to the brain. This can lead to intellectual disability and abnormal growth.


Symptoms or signs take time to develop. The symptoms of congenital hypothyroidism may include the following:


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