Published: 2019-09-26

Graves hyperthyroidism in pregnancy: a rare presentation

Priyanka Garg, Romi Bansal, Roushali .


Hyperthyroidism in pregnancy is much less common occurring in 0.1-0.2% of women with Grave’s disease being the most common cause accounting for 90% of the cases. It is important to diagnose hyperthyroidism in pregnancy because fetal loss in untreated patients is high and may even be life threatening for the mother. We are presenting a case of 29 years old G3P2L1 who presented to our emergency with amenorrhea of 7 months and history of loose stools for the last 20 days. It was associated with generalized weakness. She also had history of palpitations, weight loss and sleep disturbances. She was a known case of hyperthyroidism for the past 1-2 years and was already taking anti-thyroid drugs. B/L exophthalmos was apparently present. Patient was severly anaemic with haemoglobin of 5.5gms/dl. Ultrasound showed fetal demise at 28weeks. Patient was given 3 units of blood transfusion and was induced with prostaglandins. She delivered a dead male baby weighing 1.2kgs. Her postpartum period was uneventful. Timely diagnosis of graves hyperthyroidism and its optimal treatment throughout pregnancy is vital in reducing maternal, fetal and neonatal complications.



Anti-thyroid drugs, Exophthalmos, Grave’s disease, Hyperthyroidism, Thyroidectomy

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