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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2020, Volume : 13, Issue : 6
First page : ( 2749) Last page : ( 2751)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2020.00488.6

Neonatal Screening for Congenital Hypothyroidism at Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital in Lattakia, Syria

Ahmad Rana I.*, Al-Barry Haider A.

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al Andalus University for Medical Sciences, Al Qadmus, Tartus, Syria

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ranaad83@gmail.com

Online published on 4 July, 2020.


The main role of thyroid hormones is to maintain normal brain growth during a critical period of life. Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is one of the most common cause of mental retardation. In newborns, there are few symptoms, therefore, it is difficult to diagnose this disease. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of CH among neonates at the obstetrics and pediatrics hospital, Lattakia, Syria by screening all neonates born at this hospital. Out of 1760 neonates, 863 were males and 897 were females. The frequency of CH was 7/1760. The female: male ratio for CH was 2.5:1. Successful performance of congenital hypothyroidism screening program leads to the prevention of mental complications in affected children.



Congenital hypothyroidism, Neonatal screening, TSH, Syria.


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