Thyroid gland
Post-partum thyroiditis

Topic Completed: 2 March 2009

Minor changes: 2 May 2019

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Shahid Islam, M.D., Ph.D.
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Cite this page: Islam S. Post-partum thyroiditis. website. Accessed July 10th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis occurring within one year after delivery
  • Painless enlargement of thyroid, transient thyrotoxicosis, low radioactive iodine uptake, late hypothyroid phase
  • Resembles chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis with increase in B cells and decrease in suppressor T cells
Clinical features
  • May have antimicrosomal (antithyroid peroxidase) antibodies
Gross description
  • Mild enlargement, no nodules
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lymphocytic infiltration with variable disruption of thyroid glands
Differential diagnosis
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