Levothyroxine Use in Infants and Children with Congenital or Acquired Hypothyroidism

Contributing Editor: Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D.; Editorial Board: Kristi N. Hofer, Pharm.D.; Michelle W. McCarthy, Pharm.D.

Disclosures

Pediatr Pharm. 2008;14(10) 

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Summary

Use of levothyroxine can have a major impact on reducing the long-term consequences of chronic hypothyroidism. It is the mainstay of treatment of congenital hypothyroidism as well as for acquired hypothyroidism associated with other autoimmune diseases or malignancies. It may also play a role in the treatment of transient hypothyroidism associated with prematurity or illness. Further research is needed to establish the benefit of levothyroxine in these settings.

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