Neuroendocrine Disorders in Children – Chapter 7: Disorders of the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis (ebook)


Chapter 7 – Disorders of the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis

Thyroid hormones play a critical role in brain development. One of the major successes of paediatric endocrinology has been the introduction of the newborn blood spot screening programme for congenital hypothyroidism (CHT). This has led to the virtual elimination of CHT with its attendant mental impairment in participating nations. The recognition that endemic cretinism can be easily alleviated by iodine supplementation has also changed the lives of many for the better. This chapter addresses various causes of thyroid hormone deficiency or lack of action, all of which have the potential to impair neurological development.

About the book

Impairments in the interaction between the central nervous system and the endocrine system can lead to a number of disorders in children.  These include type 1 diabetes, growth disorders, adrenal thyroid and pituitary problems, Addison’s disease and Cushing syndrome, among others.

Neuroendocrine Disorders in Children provides a comprehensive examination of paediatric and adolescent disorders focusing on the basic science and its clinical relevance. Complex issues are discussed in an easy-to-follow manner and the latest developments in the area are reviewed.

Readership: paediatric endocrinologists, paediatric and adult neurologists and trainee paediatricians.

Read the full book review by Ieuan Hughes published in DMCN.