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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Diseases of Children|
|State||Published - Sep 1971|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health