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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119-121

Recurrent ascites with severe hypoproteinemia in 4-year-old child: A diagnostic dilemma - An atypical presentation of hypothyroidism

Department of Pediatrics, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sudhir Mehta
1556, Sector 9, Urban Estate, Ambala - 134 003, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.136801

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Hypothyroidism is frequently encountered condition to a pediatrician. Passive effusions into serous cavities, sometimes to considerable amount are frequently noted. However, the significant ascites caused by this is rare in a child and in no instance, it is too excessive. So diagnosis is frequently delayed and patient frequently receive unnecessary procedures such as liver, even gastrointestinal biopsies. Analysis of ascitic fluid shows exudative nature with high protein. The case we present here is a 4-year-old female child with recurrent ascites, developmental delay and hypoproteinemia. High index of suspicion can lead to diagnosis. Over all prognosis is excellent after stating replacement therapy with L-thyroxine.

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