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J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2013;26(11-12):1171-4. doi: 10.1515/jpem-2013-0050.

Speech and language delay in two children: an unusual presentation of hyperthyroidism.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hyperthyroidism is rare in pre-school children. Untreated, it can have a profound effect on normal growth and development, particularly in the first 2 years of life. Although neurological manifestations of dysthyroid states are well known, specific expressive speech and language disorder as a presentation of hyperthyroidism is rarely documented.

METHODS:

Case reports of two children with hyperthyroidism presenting with speech and language delay.

RESULTS:

We report two pre-school children with hyperthyroidism, who presented with expressive speech and language delay, and demonstrated a significant improvement in their language skills following treatment with anti-thyroid medication.

CONCLUSIONS:

Hyperthyroidism must be considered in all children presenting with speech and language difficulties, particularly expressive speech delay. Prompt recognition and early treatment are likely to improve outcome.

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