The table given below is the Thyroid, Bilirubin test results of my 50days old new born son. He had a prolonged jaundice after his birth which had Bilirubin level over 13.5. The doctor suggested a Thyroid test to find the cause for prolonged jaundice after 5 weeks. Now he has confirmed that the TSH is the cause for this. He has given a prescription to my son. That is lthyroxine.
It would be very greatful if you can let me know this prescription could help my son to have a normal life. Should he undergo any other tests. Will he be fine after a course of time. This is worrisome for myself, my wife and for my family. Is this a complication which will be all thro his life. Will it affect any of his features. Please advice.
The TSH is high, suggesting primary hypothyroidism. This may influence bilirubin levels, but I do not have experience in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and the benefit of levothyroxine treatment. Hypothyroidism is a cause for bilirubin increase. However the presence of hypothyroidism does not absolutely mean this is the only cause of the high bilirubin. Would monitor closely the response to treatment.
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