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Arch Dis Child. 2015 Aug;100(8):784-6. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308567. Epub 2015 Jun 11.

Dietary restriction causing iodine-deficient goitre.

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1
Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
2
Department of Dietetics, North Tyneside General Hospital, Tyne and Wear, UK.
3
Department of Dietetics, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
4
Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
5
Department of Paediatric Immunology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Abstract

Iodine-deficient goitre was common in some parts of the UK prior to the introduction of salt iodisation. Many contemporary salt preparations do not contain much iodine, and there are renewed concerns about the iodine status of the population. We present a boy with severe allergy who developed goitre and significant thyroid dysfunction in association with an iodine-deficient 'food-restricted' diet. The case highlights the importance of a comprehensive nutritional assessment in all children on multiple food restrictions.

KEYWORDS:

Allergy; Endocrinology; Nutrition

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