Endocrine Abstracts (2008) 16 P723

Prevalence of antibodies to thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and postpartum thyroiditis (PPT) in a cohort of 1700 pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)

Azriel Sharona1, Camaño Isabel2 & García-Burguillo Antonio2


1Department of Endocrinology, Hospital Universitario Doce de Octubre, Madrid, Spain; 2Department of Obstetrics, Madrid, Spain.


The prevalence of antithyroid autoantibodies in pregnant women ranges between 6 and 10%, like in the general population. PPT, a syndrome of transient or permanent thyroid dysfunction occurring in the first year after delivery, is associated with the presence of TPO in gestation. The prevalence varies from 5 to 10%, with higher frequency in patients with DM1. The aim of this study is to estimate TPO frequency during gestation and its relationship with PPT in a group of women with GDM.

Methods: GDM was diagnosed in a cohort of 1700 pregnant women (mean age 32.7±6.5 years; mean gestational week: 26.2±5.1), excluded patients with previous thyroid dysfunction. In 1053 patients (60.3%) a follow-up of thyroid function after delivery was performed (3.5±3.3 months).

Results: The 22.7% of the patients were TPO positive (>11.9 U/ml). A clear association between the presence of TPO and recurrent pregnancy loss (≥3 miscarriages) was found (RR: 2.41; CI 95%: 1.17–4.97). The prevalence of hypothyroxinemia in the cohort was 5.1%, regardless of autoantibodies levels. Positive TPO frequency postpartum was 39.9%. Women with positive TPO during pregnancy had a greater risk to maintain a positive titer in postpartum (RR: 2.63; CI 95%: 2.30–3.01). The PPT prevalence in pregnant with positive TPO during gestation was higher (RR: 3.76; CI95%: 2.61–5.42).

Conclusions: Considering the high prevalence of positive TPO in women with GDM and the increased risk of developing PPT in this group, a screening of thyroid function during pregnancy and a postpartum follow-up is recommended in this women. There is a significant association between the presence of thyroid autoimmunity and a higher miscarriage rate.

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