Children’s Hospital of Michigan treats the most children for inpatient endocrinology care in the state of Michigan.

The Division of Endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan offers comprehensive services to children and adolescents with diabetes and hormonal disorders.

The department consists of physician specialists on staff, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and social workers.

The following problems or diseases are diagnosed and treated:

  • Adrenal gland disorders including CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia), adrenal insufficiency and Adrenoleukodystrophy 
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type I and Type II), MODY, neonatal diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome 
  • Disorders of sexual differentiation and ambiguous genitalia
  • Glucose homeostasis and hypoglycemia
  • Growth and pubertal development problems
  • Parathyroid problems including hyperparathryroidism and hypoparathyroidism
  • Thyroid problems including hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves disease/hyperthyroidism as well as thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer
  • Total or partial Hypopituitarism
  • Genetic obesity syndromes

Multidisciplinary Clinics:
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes Clinic
Diabetes Mellitus High Risk Clinic
Disorders of Sexual Development
Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors/Neuro-oncology-endocrine Clinic

Endocrinology Conditions and Treatments

  • Adrenal Gland Problems
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Type I
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Disorders of Sexual Differentiation
  • Growth Problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Problems in Puberty

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology also treats the following:

  • Adrenal gland disorders including CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) and Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Survivors of childhood cancer
  • Thyroid Problems including hypothyroidism, Hashinoto's thyroiditis, Graves disease/hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and thyroid cancer

The Division also works closely with the Neurosurgical, Cardiovascular and General surgical teams as well as Nephrology, Pulmonary, Hematology/Oncology, Immunology and Gastroenterology.

Endocrinology Services and Innovations

The Division of Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan provides comprehensive care to children/pediatric patients with endocrine problems and diabetes mellitus.

Specialized services offered to newborns and older children include growth hormone testing and treatment, outpatient education, regular follow-up phone calls and research studies. Children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypopituitarism, short stature, thyroid and parathyroid problems, diabetes insipidus, precocious puberty and other endocrine problems are regularly followed up in clinic by the pediatric endocrinologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, endocrine nurses and a dietitian.

The Endocrinology Division at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offers the following services:

  • Classes for patients with new onset diabetes mellitus, 6 times a year
  • Insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring classes, 6 times a year
  • Detroit area school nurse training program in August
  • A quarterly diabetes newsletter offering useful tips to manage diabetes. To receive the newsletter please email jrenaud@dmc.org
  • Diabetes mellitus support group
  • World Diabetes Day event yearly

The Diabetes Clinic treats the largest group of African-American children/pediatric patients with Type I diabetes in the country. Utilizing a team approach, the service consists of evaluation from a physician, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a diabetes educator, a dietitian and a social worker. A state certified and American Diabetes Association (ADA) certified outpatient education program is also offered to help children and their families effectively manage a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. The Division uses insulin pumps and CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) for patient care. A diabetes phone hour is available every weekday for insulin dose changes, prescription refills and other requests. Communication with families is offered via phone, fax and email for patient convenience.Outpatient education classes which meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education of the American Diabetes Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health are also conducted monthly. The doctors in the Division of Endocrinology also share their expertise throughout Michigan through the Wayne State University Morris J. Hood, Jr., Diabetes Center.

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Common Signs of Thyroid Disease in Children

by Kristen Shock on Nov 18, 2019, 10:52 AM
The thyroid gland which is located at the front of the neck near the clavicles is responsible for the rate of all metabolic and chemical processes in our body, in every cell, tissue and organ.

The thyroid gland which is located at the front of the neck near the clavicles is responsible for the rate of all metabolic and chemical processes in our body, in every cell, tissue and organ. Thyroid gland disorders consequently have a profound effect upon the human body. When the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone (overactive), the condition is called hyperthyroidism. When the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone (underactive), the condition is called hypothyroidism. Thyroid problems can occur at any age; infants can even be born with a thyroid problem!

According to the American Diabetes Association and the Pediatric Endocrine Society, parents should look for the following symptoms that may indicate problems with their child’s thyroid.

Signs of hyperthyroidism can include:

  1. Feeling jumpy including trembling hands and trouble concentrating
  2. Fast heartbeat
  3. Enlarged thyroid
  4. Sweat and sleep problems
  5. Big appetite along with weight loss
  6. Wide eyed stare including possible eyes bulging out
  7. Other problems can include fainting and looser stool

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in children and adolescents is an autoimmune condition called Grave’s disease which causes the body to produce antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland uncontrollably, making too much thyroid hormone. 

Signs of hypothyroidism can include:

  1. Decreased energy
  2. Appearing swollen or puffy
  3. Weight gain without increased appetite
  4. Decreased growth rate
  5. Muscle soreness
  6. Constipation or harder stool less often
  7. Other problems can include brittle hair and dry skin

The most common cause of hypothyroidism in children and adolescents is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which causes the body to produce antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland, which then makes too little thyroid hormone.  

The good news is that thyroid disorders can be managed very effectively, usually with medication.  If your child exhibits some or many of these symptoms, it is best to check with your child’s pediatrician first to inquire about testing for a problem. 

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