Prematurity may be a risk factor for thyroid dysfunction in childhood.

  title={Prematurity may be a risk factor for thyroid dysfunction in childhood.},
  author={Giorgio Radetti and Antonio Fanolla and Lucia Pappalardo and Elena Gottardi},
  journal={The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism},
  volume={92 1},
CONTEXT Children born prematurely and/or small for gestational age (SGA) frequently show disturbances in thyroid function. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to determine the role played either by size or gestational age on subsequent thyroid function. DESIGN AND SETTING This cross-sectional study was conducted at a tertiary referral hospital. PATIENTS A total of 117 children, 88 of whom were SGA (mean age 7.8 +/- 2.5 yr) and 29 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) (mean age 8.1… CONTINUE READING


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