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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: JEAN | 2004/11/08

Q.

NEWBORN BABY WITH OVERACTIVE PITUITARY GLAND

Please advise re a newborn baby boy with a TS thyroid count of approximately 750 to 850 and a tumour/cyst/growth on the pituitary gland. The TSH count is normal.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I cannot comment on this case without all the information available. The TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and is usually supressed by a high thyroid hormone level. Therefore it is very difficult to interpret a "normal" level without taking everything into account. Your paediatrician is best placed to advise you and you must feel free to ask for a detailed explanation of all the possibilities.

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