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The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck, just below the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple). Hormones produced by the thyroid affect all aspects of a child’s health including heart rate, energy metabolism (how effectively the body uses calories), growth and development.
Common thyroid disorders are:
The majority of children with thyroid disorders will achieve normal growth and development, if managed well. This usually requires frequent checks and blood tests while the child is still growing.
APEG guidelines for management of congenital hypothyroidism
All patients requiring thyroidectomy should be discussed with the endocrinology inpatient team prior to surgery.
Please see the following guidelines for management of children and adolescents after total thyroidectomy to prevent hypocalcaemia:
General information regarding thyroiditis
Hormone and me booklets:
Thyroid disorders of childhood