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Link: Hashimoto’s Disease: The Danger of Thyroid Antibodies and Pregnancy

By testing TSH alone, thyroid antibodies in Hashimoto’s may be missed, and your doctor may have no idea your baby is at risk.

Consider for a moment the number of babies lost to Hashimoto’s disease just because doctors fail to perform a simple blood test. Hashimoto’s is confirmed by lab tests for these two antibodies. If your doctor refuses to do these two tests, you have the option to order your own lab tests. Here is a Hashimoto’s thyroid panel for U.S. residents and here is thyroid testing including antibodiesavailable in Europe:

  1. Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
  2. Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)

The full blog article about thyroid antibodies and pregnancy can be found at http://hypothyroidmom.com/hashimotos-disease-the-danger-of-thyroid-antibodies-and-pregnancy/.

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Link: Hashimoto’s encephalopathy: Report of three cases

Both severe thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism may affect brain function and cause a change in consciousness, as seen with a thyroid storm or myxedema coma. However, encephalopathy may also develop in patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases independent of actual thyroid function level, and this is known as Hashimoto’s encephalopathy. Although most patients are found to have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, less frequently they have Graves’ disease. Clinical manifestations include epilepsy, disturbance of consciousness, cognitive impairment, memory loss, myoclonus, hallucinations, stroke-like episodes, tremor, involuntary movements, language impairment, and gait impairment. Hashimoto’s encephalopathy is a relatively rare disease. As a good response can be obtained with corticosteroid therapy, early diagnosis and treatment is very beneficial for patients. Here we report three patients with Hashimoto’s encephalopathy with typical manifestations of hallucinations that were associated with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and euthyroid status, respectively. They all showed a dramatic response to methylprednisolone pulse therapy.

 

The full text can be found at http://www.jfma-online.com/article/S0929-6646(12)00064-2/fulltext.

Copyright © 2011 – 2015 Elsevier Inc. | Authors Jan-Shun Chang, Tien-Chun Chang

This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice. Nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as medical advice. No articles, personal accounts, or other content are intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professionals advice.