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1.  Evaluation of hearing loss in juvenile insulin dependent patients with diabetes mellitus 
BACKGROUND:
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most important epidemics of our era. Complications of this disease are diverse and include retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy. This study has been designed to evaluate hearing loss patterns in young children suffering from IDDM and define risk factors for this complication.
METHODS:
This descriptive analytic study includes 200 youngsters divided into two groups: 100 patients in diabetic group and 100 healthy individual in control group. Hearing thresholds are determined in 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000 and 8000 Hz and metabolic controls are evaluated as average of one year HbA1C, dividing diabetic group into well control and poor control subgroups.
RESULTS:
Twenty one out of 100 patients in diabetic group showed significant hearing loss. Hearing loss is correlated with metabolic control, showing less loss in patients with HbA1C less than 7.5%. Results showed that hearing loss is not related to sex of patients but duration of disease (more or less than 5 years) affects degree of hearing loss in some frequencies.
CONCLUSIONS:
Hearing loss in children suffering from IDDM is sensorineural, bilateral and symmetrical and is related to the duration of disease and state of metabolic control (HbA1C).
PMCID: PMC3214300  PMID: 22091228
Diabetes Mellitus; Type 1; Hearing Loss; Hemoglobin A; Glycosylated
2.  Granulosa cell tumor in a six-year-old girl presented as precocious puberty 
Ovarian sex cord-stromal tumors, including granulose cell tumors (GCTs), are a group of neoplasms that occur rarely, especially in children. Only 0.1 percent of all ovarian tumors and 4-5 percent of GCTs occur in children. The most common presentation of these tumors in children is precocious puberty. We report a 6 years old girl with isosexual precocity, presented as premature thelarche and vaginal bleeding. Ultrasonography of pelvis showed a hypoechoic solid mass of left ovary.
Microscopic features of the resected mass were characteristic of juvenile GCT. Although in most of girls with precocious puberty, the etiology is idiopathic, important causes, such as ovarian tumors must be considered.
PMCID: PMC3082815  PMID: 21526089
Granulosa Cell Tumor; Puberty; Children
3.  Zinc status in goitrous school children of Semirom, Iran 
BACKGROUND:
Iodine deficiency produces the spectrum of iodine deficiency disorders (IDDs) including endemic goiter, hypothyroidism, cretinism and congenital anomalies. Other factors, including goitrogens and micronutrient deficiencies may influence the prevalence and severity of IDDs and response to iodine supplementation. An association between zinc and goiter has previously been reported.
METHODS:
A cross sectional study investigating an association between goiter and serum zinc status was performed in 2003 in a mountainous region of Iran. One thousand eight hundred twenty-eight children were selected by multistage cluster sampling. Goiter staging was performed by inspection and palpation. Serum zinc, total thyroxine, thyroid stimulating hormone and urinary iodine concentration were measured in a group of these children.
RESULTS:
Thirty six and seven tenth percent of subjects were classified as goitrous. Serum zinc level in goitrous and nongoitrous children was 82.80 ± 17.85 and 83.38 ± 16.25 μg/dl, respectively (p = 0.81). The prevalence of zinc deficiency (serum zinc ≤65 μg/dl) in goitrous and nongoitrous children did not differ significantly (9.3 % vs. 10.8%, p = 0.70).
CONCLUSIONS:
Goiter is still a public health problem in Semirom. According to the present study zinc status may not play a role in the etiology of goiter in Semirom school children. However, the role of other goitrogens or micronutrient deficiencies should be investigated in this region.
PMCID: PMC3129056  PMID: 21772878
Goiter; Iodine Deficiency; Zinc Deficiency; Child

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