Should I be screened for thyroid disorders in pregnancy?


Targeted screening is recommended for thyroid disorders in pregnant women. You should be screened for thyroid disorders if you have:13


   Prior history of thyroid disorders or prior thyroid surgery

   Age > 30 years

   Symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism


   Family history of thyroid dysfunction

   Residing in areas of known moderate to severe iodine deficiency

   Type 1 diabetes or other autoimmune disorders

   History of miscarriage, preterm delivery, or infertility

   Excessive obesity (BMI > 40)

   Use of amiodarone or lithium

Based on the 2013 National Nutrition Survey (NNS), it was found that 27 percent of pregnant women are iodine deficient. The 2013 NNS also showed iodine deficiency affects provinces such as Abra, Mountain Province, Palawan, Capiz, Guimaras. Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay,, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Lanao del Sur, and Isabela City.

Reference: 13. Stagnaro-Green A et al. Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum. Thyroid. 2011.

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