In this website, you will learn about the causes, signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. You will also learn how doctors test for and treat hypothyroidism.

What Is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland (a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck) does not make enough thyroid hormone, or the pituitary gland does not make enough thyroid stimulating hormone, or TSH (a hormone that tells the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone). Your body uses thyroid hormone to regulate its metabolism.

What Is the Outcome of Hypothyroidism?

Your child should live a healthy, normal life if he receives levothyroxine replacement and takes his medication correctly.

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