Cretinism Associated With Maternal Sodium Iodide I 131 Therapy During Pregnancy

H. G. Green, F. J. Gareis, T. H. Shepard, V. C. Kelley

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Severe hypothyroidism developed in a 4-year-old girl whose mother received four courses of sodium iodide I 131 therapy during pregnancy. Mechanisms of fetal thyroid damage by radioactive iodine include placental transfer, possible concentration of radio-active iodine by the fetal thyroid gland, and possible ablation or partial damage of the fetal thyroid gland by radioactive iodine. Any infant whose mother received131 I during pregnancy should receive careful long-term follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-249
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1971

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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