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Newborn screening for congenital hypothyroidism: A local perspective from Himachal Pradesh, India

 Department of Pediatrics, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Mangla Sood,
Department of Pediatrics, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla - 171 001, Himachal Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/trp.trp_70_20

Background: Incidence of congenital hypothyroidism (CH) varies across countries and different geographic regions. Aims and Objectives: This study was conducted to find prevalence of CH in iodine-deficient district of North Indian hilly state Himachal Pradesh, India. Materiala and Methods: A prospective analysis of cord blood thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and T4 hormone values on 4057 neonates was done in the delivery hospital. Results: No CH was detected among 3964 neonates; with limitation of losing 93 newborns with high cord blood TSH >20 uIU/l who could not be recalled for serum testing. Conclusion: With known benefits of CH screening, a properly implemented neonatal screening program for CH at all levels of health care is definitely the need of the hour.

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