Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not make enough hormones. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It makes hormones that regulate growth, brain development, and metabolism.
Early treatment can improve outcomes.
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James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 2/10/2021
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