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1 AbnormalTHYROID During Pregnancy Dr.Elwassiela Salih MD
2 What is thyroid disease? Thyroid disease is a disorder that results when the thyroid gland produces more or less thyroid hormone than the body needsDivided into two:-hyperthyroidism-hypothyroidism
3 How does pregnancy normally affect thyroid function? Two pregnancy-related hormones—(hCG) and estrogen—cause increased thyroid hormone levels in the blood.Made by the placenta, hCG is similar to TSH and mildly stimulates the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone.
4 Increased estrogen produces higher levels of thyroid-binding globulin, a protein that transports thyroid hormone in the blood.These normal hormonal changes can sometimes make thyroid function tests during pregnancy difficult to interpret.
5 1st trimester, the fetus depends on the mother’s supply of thyroid hormone, which it gets through the placenta.At 10 to 12 weeks, the baby’s thyroid begins to function on its own.The baby gets its supply of iodine, which the thyroid gland uses to make thyroid hormone, through the mother’s diet.
6 Women need more iodine when they are pregnant—about 250 micrograms (μg) a day Thyroid gland enlarges slightly in healthy women during pregnancy- enough to be detected by u/s .Higher levels of thyroid hormone in the blood, increased thyroid size, and other symptoms common to both pregnancy and thyroid disorders.
7 HYPerthyroidismUsually caused by Graves’ disease and occurs in 1:500 pregnanciesIn Graves’ disease, the immune system makes an antibody called thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin which mimics TSH and causes the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone.
8 A woman with preexisting Graves’ disease usually improves in 2nd and 3rd trimester. It usually worsens again in the first few months after delivery.
9 How does hyperthyroidism affect the mother and baby? Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can lead to-congestive heart failure-preeclampsia—a dangerous rise in blood pressure in late pregnancy-thyroid storm—a sudden, severe worsening of symptoms
11 - thyroid stimulating h - thyroid stimulating h. may cross the placenta and cause fetal thyrotoxicosis and goitre
12 Main complications for baby: -fetal growth restriction-stillbirth-fetal tachycardia-premature delivery-miscarriage
13 diagnosisSome symptoms are common features in early pregnancies, including mild maternal tachycardia, heat intolerance, fatigue, weight loss and heart murmurOther more indicative symptoms: rapid and irregular heartbeat, a fine tremor, unexplained weight loss or failure to have normal pregnancy weight gain, and the severe nausea and vomitingConfirmed by high level of T4 and T3, with reduced level of TSH
14 TreatmentMild hyperthyroidism in which TSH is low but free T4 is normal does not require treatmentPropylthiouracil (PTU) or sometimes methimazole- use lowest dose as it cross placentaBeta-blockers may be indicated initially before antithyroid drugs take effectsRadioactive iodines-contraindicated because it completely obliterates fetal thyroid glandRarely, surgical used
16 How does hypothyroidism affect the mother and baby? Some of the same problems caused by hyperthyroidism can occur in hypothyroidism. Uncontrolled hypothyroidism during pregnancy can lead to-congestive heart failure-pre-eclampsia-anemia-miscarriage-low birthweight-stillbirth-cognitive and developmental disabilities in the baby
17 Diagnose? High levels of TSH and low levels of free T4 Symptoms of hypothyroidism in pregnancy include-extreme fatigue-cold intolerance-muscle cramps-constipation-problems with memory or concentration.
18 treatmentSynthetic thyroxine-identical to the T4 made by the thyroid glandWomen with pre-existing hypothyroidism will need to increase their prepregnancy dose of thyroxineThyroid function should be checked every 6 to 8 weeks during pregnancyIf the dx is made in px, in the absence of cardiac ds, consider a starting dose of 100 μg daily.In practice, aim for a TSH level <2.5mu/lThyroxine can be safely taken during breast-feeding.
19 treatment Based on symptoms and not biochemical results Most recover spontaneouslyHyperthyroid phase: Beta-blockersHypothyroid phase: thyroxine – treatment should be withdrawn after 6 months to check for recoveryLong term follow up should be with annual TFT