Endocrine Disorders


The Newborn Screening Program encourages all patients to discuss any concerns they have regarding newborn screening results with their health care provider or with follow-up staff at the Newborn Screening Program.

Special Considerations for Transfused Infants (PDF)

List of Pediatric Endocrinologists (PDF)

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

Babies with this disorder have adrenal glands that cannot make enough of certain hormones. Babies with this condition can develop life threatening episodes of dehydration and coma. Baby girls can develop abnormal genitalia. Treatment consists of replacing the deficient hormones with medication to help prevent life-threatening complications.

This disorder occurs in about 1 in every 16,000 births in Washington State.

CAH General Overview (PDF)

CAH Information for Parents

* Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Education & Support Network. - General CAH Education and Support

* CARES Foundation - General CAH Information

* National Adrenal Diseases Foundation - General CAH Information

* The Magic Foundation - General CAH Information

Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH)

Babies with this disorder are born with a thyroid gland that does not produce enough thyroid hormone to keep the baby growing and developing normally. Early treatment can prevent mental retardation and stunted growth.

This disorder occurs in about 1 in every 1,600 births in Washington State.

CH General Overview (PDF)

CH Development Evaluation Clinic - English version (PDF)

CH Development Evaluation Clinic - Spanish version (PDF)

* The Magic Foundation - General CH Information

* UW Congenital Hypothyroidism Clinic - University of Washington CH Follow-Up Clinic

* Hypothyroidism and Your Infant – Texas Department of State Health Services


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