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Does hyperthyroidism affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Many of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children are similar to those in adults, including a rapid heart rate and jitteriness. However, children often to do not perceive these problems or complain of them. Often the main manifestations of hyperthyroidism in children relate to body weight and linear (height) growth. Hyperthyroidism more often causes weight loss in children than it does in adults. In addition, hyperthyroidism may slow the rate of linear growth in a child. Obviously this is not a sign that one will see in adults.  

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