Complement activation in postpartum thyroiditis.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Postpartum thyroid dysfunction (PPTD) develops in 50% of pregnant women who have raised levels of circulating thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies (TPOAb) at booking. Although these antibodies are able to activate the complement cascade in vitro, it is not known whether complement activation plays any role in the pathogenesis of this disease. AIM… (More)

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