Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine how closely hypothyroidism management in the general pregnancy population satisfies recently issued guidelines and to determine whether improvements are indicated. Study Design: This was an observational study in which women at 5 recruitment centers in the first- and second-trimester evaluation of risk for aneuploidy trial allowed the use of sequentially obtained first- and second-trimester sera for additional research. Three hundred eighty-nine women had hypothyroidism by self-report. Thyroid-related measurements were performed on all samples between July 2004 and May 2005. Results: Forty-three percent of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) values are at or above recently recommended guidelines in the first trimester (2.5 mU/L), as opposed to 33% of the values in the second trimester (3.0 mU/L). Twenty percent of the TSH values are at or above a less restrictive 98th percentile of normal in the first trimester, as opposed to 23% of the values in the second trimester. Mean TSH levels are higher in women with antibodies. Free thyroxine values are unremarkable. Conclusion: Future strategies should focus on more effectively treating women with hypothyroidism who have persistently elevated TSH values.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American journal of obstetrics and gynecology|
|State||Published - Aug 2008|
- free thyroxine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology