The 131I triiodothyronine (T3) resin uptake test reflects thyroid function more closely than other acceptable tests currently available.
The T3 uptake and protein-bound iodine (PBI) level were estimated in 20 premature and 20 full-term infants at birth and at the end of 1 week.
The full-term infant has normal adult values, whereas the premature baby has results extending into the hyperthyroid range at birth, but these fall to within normal limits at 1 week.
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