Introduction     Reproduction     Pregnancy     During Pregnancy
    Birth     Postnatal     Childhood Illness     Glossary A-Z

   Childhood Illness
 Bacteria
 Virus
 Cancer
 Gastrointestinal
 Nutritional
 Metabolism
 Hormonal
 Musculoskeletal
 Ear, Nose & Throat
 Eye Disorders
 Mental Health
 Disclaimer
 
Childhood Thyroid Gland Disorders

The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and produces the thyroid hormone, which controls the speed at which the body's metabolic rate or the rate at which chemical reactions function in the body. Problems that can effect the thyroid gland in childhood include the following:

  • Hypothyroidism . Hypothyroidism is where the thyroid is underactive (i.e., produces an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones). Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder.
  • Hyperthyroidism . Hyperthyroidism means overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. The oversecretion of thyroid hormones leads to overactivity of the body's metabolism.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. University of Maryland Medical System Online Health Guides: http://www.umm.edu/


Other HON resources 
   From MedHunt
    (websites)


Hypothyroidism
Hyperthyroidism
    From HONselect
     (def;articles & more)   

Hypothyroidism:
(www.hon.ch)
Dermatology Image Atlas

Hyperthyroidism:
(www.glandcentral.com)
Your Thyroid: Gland CentralSM


    Recent articles
       from
Medline

Hypothyroidism
Hyperthyroidism
 

Home

About us

Site map

Search

HONewsletter

© HON

Contact

 

  http://www.hon.ch/Dossier/MotherChild/child_hormones/hormones_thyroid.html Last modified: Jun 25 2002