Study on thyroid function test in pregnancy in a tertiary care hospital

Keywords: thyroid disorder, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism


Thyroid disorder is a very common endocrine problem encountered by pregnant women. Maternal thyroid dysfunction is associated with adverse outcome both in mother and fetus.

The aim of the study: to find out the prevalence of various thyroid disorders in pregnant women attending antenatal clinic.

Materials and methods. This prospective cross-sectional study was carried out in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, F.M. Medical College & Hospital, Balasore, Odisha from June 2020 to May 2021. 220 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancy were included. Serum Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free T4 (FT4) and free T3 (FT3) were estimated by using electro-chemiluminescence immunoassay technique.

Results. Out of 220 pregnant women screened for thyroid dysfunction, 68 were found to have thyroid disorders. 27.3 % of pregnant women had subclinical hypothyroidism, 1.4 % had overt hypothyroidism, 1.8 % had subclinical hyperthyroidism and 0.5 % had overt hyperthyroidism. Prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism was 6.36 % when the upper reference limit of TSH level taken as 4 mIU/L. Prevalence of thyroid disorder among pregnant women in the age groups 18–25 years, 26–30 years and 31–40 years were 28.9 %, 32.1 % and 38.9 % respectively. There were 35.5 %, 28 % and 26 % pregnant women with thyroid disorders in the first, second and third trimester respectively. Prevalence of both subclinical and overt hypothyroidism were more in multigravida compared to primigravida.

Conclusion. Our study revealed high prevalence of thyroid disorders in pregnant women and maternal subclinical hypothyroidism was the most common pattern.


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Author Biographies

Ajit Kumar Nayak, Fakir Mohan Medical College & Hospital

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Manorama Swain, Fakir Mohan Medical College & Hospital

Department of Biochemistry

Sujata Misra, Fakir Mohan Medical College & Hospital

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Manju Kumari Jain, Srirama Chandra Bhanja Medical College & Hospital

Department of Transfusion Medicine


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Nayak, A. K., Swain, M., Misra, S., & Jain, M. K. (2021). Study on thyroid function test in pregnancy in a tertiary care hospital. EUREKA: Health Sciences, (4), 20-25.
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