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Old 02-15-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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17 year old lab results--Please reply

My 5'4", almost 17 yr-old son barely grew the last 2.5 yrs (1"), but his doctor refused to test him, saying he was a late bloomer.

His lab results now show elevated levels of TSH at 6.17, Thyroid Perx AB at 32 IU/mL, and AM cortisol at 19.5 ug/dL. Bone age is 16yr 10 mths.

His doctor says he can be put on thyroxine if we wish. He is not concerned about the elevated TSH or antibodies results.
Shouldn't we be?

Does he have a thyroid disorder?
Is there any hope for him to grow any more?

I am worried and sad for my boy.
Thanks.

 
Old 02-15-2012, 12:45 PM   #2
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Re: 17 year old lab results--Please reply

I was wondering how tall his parents are? if they are around 5'4, this may be his intended height. However, since you are concerned, I am guessing your are both taller than 5'4. What kind of doctor are you seeing? This is not a job for a PCP. If you are not seeing an endocrinologist, I would ask to be referred to one.
I'm so sorry for your situation. I know how tied a man's self esteem is to their height. Hope you find some answers soon.

 
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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Re: 17 year old lab results--Please reply

His doctor is concerned about his TSH. That's why he is offering the thyroxine. It is the standard treatment for hypothyroidism. So yes, he does have a thyroid disorder and he should accept and use the thyroid hormone being offered.

I can't comment on the antibodies without knowing the lab's reference range for the test. If the result is elevated, it means the cause of the hypoT is due to the autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Further proof that the elevated TSH shows hypoT.

I can't say if correction of the hypoT will definitely result in growth, because I'm not familiar enough with all the variables of growth retardation. But, thyroid treatment does have the potential to allow growth if the bone growth plates have not yet closed.
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