Thyroid Autoantibodies in Pregnancy: Their Role, Regulation and Clinical Relevance


Autoantibodies to thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase are common in the euthyroid population and are considered secondary responses and indicative of thyroid inflammation. By contrast, autoantibodies to the TSH receptor are unique to patients with Graves' disease and to some patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Both types of thyroid antibodies are useful clinical markers of autoimmune thyroid disease and are profoundly influenced by the immune suppression of pregnancy and the resulting loss of such suppression in the postpartum period. Here, we review these three types of thyroid antibodies and their antigens and how they relate to pregnancy itself, obstetric and neonatal outcomes, and the postpartum.

DOI: 10.1155/2013/182472

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@inproceedings{Balucan2013ThyroidAI, title={Thyroid Autoantibodies in Pregnancy: Their Role, Regulation and Clinical Relevance}, author={Francis S. Balucan and Syed Ahmed Morshed and Terry Davies}, booktitle={Journal of thyroid research}, year={2013} }