Thyroid disease after pregnancy: postpartum thyroiditis

Nobuyuki Amino and Sumihisa Kubota

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

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Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI:

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Thyroid disease after pregnancy: postpartum thyroiditis

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Postpartum thyroiditis is defined as an exacerbation of autoimmune thyroiditis during the postpartum period (1). Patients do not develop thyroid autoimmunity at the onset of postpartum thyroiditis, but have ‘subclinical autoimmune thyroiditis’ beforehand which is exacerbated after delivery. Typically an exacerbation induces destructive thyrotoxicosis followed by transient hypothyroidism. However, various types of thyroid dysfunction may occur, including Graves’ disease. Therefore, any kind of thyroid dysfunction observed during the postpartum period, is referred to as ‘postpartum thyroid dysfunction’.

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