Medical Definition of Congenital hypothyroidism

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Congenital hypothyroidism:Underactivity of the thyroid gland at birth, which results in growth retardation, developmental delay, and other abnormal features. It can be due to deficiency of iodine in the mother's diet during pregnancy. Also referred to as cretinism. See: Cretinism.

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Reviewed on 12/31/2018

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