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Goiter and Multiple Food Allergies

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Author(s): Stefanie Leniszewski | Richard Mauseth

Journal: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
ISSN 1687-9848

Volume: 2009;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Severe iodine deficiency results in impaired thyroid hormone synthesis and thyroid enlargement. In the United States, adequate iodine intake is a concern for women of childbearing age and pregnant women. Beyond this high risk group iodine deficiency is not considered to be a significant problem. This case report describes a 12-year-old male with severe iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) resulting from restricted dietary intake due to multiple food allergies. We describe iodine replacement for this patient and continued monitoring for iodine sufficiency. Children with multiple food allergies, in particular those with restrictions to iodized salt and seafood, should be considered high risk for severe iodine deficiency.
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