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Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management from the American Thyroid Association

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Updated March 19, 2012

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Diagnosis and management of thyroid disease during pregnancy is the focus of guidelines released in 2011 by the American Thyroid Association.

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In the fall of 2011, the journal Thyroid published a 47-page article -- "Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum" -- that provides guidance for diagnosis and management of a variety of thyroid problems during and after pregnancy.

The Guidelines were the result of a multi-year effort by a task force, led by the American Thyroid Association (ATA), and included experts from the thyroid, obstetrics, gynecology and midwifery communities. The final Guidelines were approved by the ATA Board of Directors and officially endorsed by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), British Thyroid Association (BTA), Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA), European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), European Thyroid Association (ETA), Italian Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AME), Korean Thyroid Association (KTA), and the Latin American Thyroid Society (LATS).

The key findings of the Guidelines are summarized in the following series of articles.

(The full text of the Guidelines can be viewed online at http://thyroidGuidelines.net/pregnancy, or downloaded as a PDF file.)

Source:

Stagnaro-Green, Alex, et. al. "Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and Postpartum." Thyroid. Volume 21, Number 10, 2011 (Online)

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