WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HYPERTHYROIDISM DURING PREGNANCY?
Overall, the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in women of childbearing age is Graves’ disease (see Graves’ Disease brochure), which occurs in 0.2% of pregnant patients. In addition to other usual causes of hyperthyroidism (see Hyperthyroidism brochure), very high levels of hCG, seen in severe forms of morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), may cause transient hyperthyroidism in early pregnancy. The correct diagnosis is based on a careful review of history, physical exam and laboratory testing.
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