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Prevalence of thyroid deficiency in pregnant women.

Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH 03756.
Clinical Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 3.35). 08/1991; 35(1):41-6. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.1991.tb03494.x
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ABSTRACT The present study was designed to determine the current prevalence of gestational hypothyroidism, since maternal thyroxine deficiency is associated with poor obstetric outcomes and mental retardation in the surviving offspring.
TSH concentrations were measured in the sera of women at 15-18 weeks of gestation. Those sera with TSH concentrations above 6 mU/l and the two sera closest in order with TSH concentrations below 6 mU/l were further analysed for T4, FT4, TBG, and antithyroid antibodies. Study criteria for hypothyroidism were sera with elevated concentrations of TSH plus both a free T4 concentration and a total T4 concentration and/or T4/TBG ratio more than two standard deviations below the mean for the control pregnant women.
The sera were from 2000 consecutive women in Maine being tested for alpha-fetoprotein concentration at 15-18 weeks of gestation.
TSH concentrations above 6 mU/l were found in the sera of 49 women, 2.5% of the pregnant women. Six women with elevated TSH concentrations (range 6.9-54 mU/l) had both a FT4 concentration and a T4/TBG ratio and/or a T4 concentration more than two standard deviations below the respective control means, meeting the study criteria for thyroid deficiency, and thus giving a prevalence of 0.3%. The remaining 43 women with elevated TSH concentrations were classified as having compensated thyroid disease although some may have been hypothyroid. Fifty-eight per cent of women with TSH concentrations above 6 mU/l and 90% of the women with elevated TSH concentrations and at least one thyroxine index more than two standard deviations below the control means had positive titres of antithyroid antibodies as opposed to 11% of the controls.
Although it is not known what severity of maternal thyroid deficiency is necessary to cause fetal brain damage, the present data indicate a sufficiently high prevalence of thyroid dysfunction to demand investigation of the mental development of the offspring of women with thyroid dysfunction and of the effect of replacement therapy.

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