Thyroid Problems in Children — Early Detection and Treatment Are Crucial

CHOP Experts Review Current Practical Details for Primary Care Doctors

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Andrew BauerA normally functioning thyroid gland is essential to a child’s early neurocognitive development, as well as normal growth and development through childhood and adolescence. A primary care physician is often the first healthcare professional responsible for starting the evaluation of a pediatric thyroid disorder, which may present in a multitude of ways. Some examples of thyroid conditions are hypothyroidismhyperthyroidism and thyroid nodules.

Andrew J. Bauer, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at CHOP and director of the CHOP Pediatric Thyroid Center, just published a scientific review of thyroid disorders to provide practical information for busy pediatricians and primary care doctors in recognizing a thyroid disease. Dr. Bauer and his colleagues describe the risk factors, signs and symptoms that may occur in thyroid disorders. One example is how a physician can distinguish the common location for thyroid cancer related lymph nodes from benign lymph nodes that are a frequent finding in children and adolescents.

For more information about thyroid disorders in children, contact the Pediatric Thyroid Center at CHOP or watch this video.