Newborn Screening for Congenital Hypothyroidism: The Texas Experience

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Abstract of Journal Article -- September 2003

By Margaret Drummond-Borg, MD; Daisy Johnson, RN; Barbara Aldis, MT(ASCP); and Don P. Wilson, MD

Routine screening of asymptomatic newborns allows detection and treatment of infants affected by congenital hypothyroidism.  Implemented by legislation enacted in 1980, the Texas Newborn Screening Program detects 120-150 cases of primary hypothyroidism a year. The responsibility and, ultimately, the success of hypothyroid screening in the newborn period largely depends upon the medical provider, necessitating a clear understanding of the screening process, appropriate diagnostic tests for confirmation, and timely treatment.

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