Hong Kong Med J 1997;3:388-90 | Number 4, December 1997
SEMINAR PAPERS--MEDICAL DISORDERS IN PREGNANCY
Thyroid disease in pregnancy
Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
It has long been known that there is a close relationship between pregnancy and the thyroid gland-iodine insufficiency, goitre development, and abnormal thyroid function are common during pregnancy. Autoimmune thyroid disease and thyrotoxicosis may also affect pregnant women, and their management requires the understanding of the interaction between the neuroendocrine and immune systems. In this article, the physiology of the thyroid gland during pregnancy and the interrelationship between pregnancy and autoimmune thyroid disease are discussed.
Key words: Autoimmune, diseases; Pregnancy complications; Thyroid gland; Thyroiditis; Thyrotoxicosis
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