Congenital iodine deficiency disorders (endemic cretinism): history and description

S. Boyages, J. K. Collins, G. F. Maberly, J. G. Morris, J. J. Jupp, C. J. Eastman

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    Endemic cretinism remains a major preventable cause of intellectual and physical disability in isolated communities in Third World countries. Although endemic goitre has been studied for centuries endemic cretinism and its relationship to iodine deficiency has only been studied in more recent times. The article traces the history of endemic cretinism and describes both the myxedematous and neurological types. Etiology, pathogenesis and developmental sequelae of the condition are discussed and the physical and psychological characteristics are delineated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-11
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralia and New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1987


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