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Ultrasound image of the thyroid gland in obese children

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Obraz ultrasonograficzny tarczycy u dzieci otyłych
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Obesity as a disease of affluence also affects younger children. Numerous observations suggest a link between excessive body weight and thyroid function disorders. Subclinical hypothyroidism has been diagnosed increasingly frequently in patients with obesity. A growing number of papers also point to morphological changes of the thyroid gland in the ultrasound examination in obese children. These reports mainly concern changes in echogenicity. The present paper discusses the most important aspects of this topic on the basis of the literature as well as containing a brief analysis based on own experiences.
Otyłość jako choroba cywilizacyjna dotyka również dzieci w młodszych grupach wiekowych. Liczne obserwacje sugerują istnienie związku między nadmierną masą ciała a zaburzeniami funkcji tarczycy. U pacjentów z otyłością coraz częściej rozpoznaje się subkliniczną niedoczynność tego gruczołu. Coraz więcej prac wskazuje też na zmiany morfologiczne tarczycy w badaniu ultrasonograficznym u otyłych dzieci. Doniesienia te dotyczą głównie zmian echogeniczności. Praca zawiera omówienie najważniejszych aspektów tego tematu na podstawie literatury oraz krótką analizę zagadnienia opartą na własnych doświadczeniach.
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  • Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Department of Pediatrics, Diabetology and Endocrinology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland
  • Department of Pediatrics, Diabetology and Endocrinology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland
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