Delayed Diagnosis and Sequelae of Congenital Hypothyroidism

Original article


Suliman Abusrewil, Faiza Osman, Umima Salem Aboshofa

Department of Paediatric Endocrine and Diabetes, Tripoli Medical Centre

JMJ Vol. 1, No. 2 (November 2001): 30-34


60 children with congenital hypothyroidism were treated at the pediatric endocrine department in this centre, 34(57%) females and 26(43%) males (ration 1.3:1) mean age at diagnosis was 5 months (Range – 32M) most of the patients (47 patients, 78%) were diagnosed after 3 months of age. 34 children were at school age, 23 (67%) of them had poor school performance. poor school performance was attributable to delay in diagnosis and non- compliance with thyroxin replacement therapy.
Congenital hypothyroidism is preventable disease and delay in establishing screening program for this condition in Libya is non more acceptable.

Keywords: Congenital hypothyroidism, poor school performance