• developmental problems because of hypothyroidism
  • brain needs T4 for its maturation
  • causes
    • maternal hypothyroidism
  • clinical
    • mental retardation
    • increased weight and short stature
    • pot-bellied, pale, puffy faced shild with protruding umbilicus and protuberant tounge
  • endemic cretinism occurs whenever there is endemic goiters (lack of iodine)
  • name comes from French word for Christlike because the kids are so mentally retarded they don't sin
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