Pregnant Women And Thyroid Disorders

Pregnant Women Should Be Tested for Thyroid Disorder To Prevent Mental Deficiencies in Unborn Children

Bethesda, MD, August, 18, 1999 --The Endocrine Society today called for development of cost-effective thyroid function screening for all pregnant women based on results of a study reported in the New England Journal ofMedicine showing mental defects in children whose mothers had untreated hypothyroidism during their pregnancies.

The study, conducted by Dr. James Haddow of the Foundation for Blood Research, is published in the August 19, issue of the Journal. It indicates that untreated mild thyroid failure in a mother may adversely affect thefetus' brain development, resulting in a child with reduced IQ scores and other measurements of intelligence,aptitude and visual motor skills.

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