Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) deficiency

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Thyroid stimulating hormone deficiency is a type of hypopituitarism. Learn how it affects the body, as well as how it is diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Hypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland does not produce one or more pituitary hormones, or it does not produce enough hormones.
  • TSH signals the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones which are important for growth, physical development, brain development and normal metabolism.
  • If the thyroid hormone (T4) level is too low, your child will be given medication that they will need to take for their whole life.
  • Parents and caregivers should be aware of the symptoms of too little thyroid medication and too much thyroid medication so that the dosage can be adjusted by the child's health-care provider.
Last updated: November 28th 2022