In the past two decades, the issue of thyroid dysfunctions during pregnancy and the postpartum period received increasing attention by both endocrinologists and obstetrics/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), the latter often became the first to diagnose an impaired thyroid function in pregnant women. In this setting, a series of different clinical guidelines have been published and reviewed, the latest ones being represented by the 2017 ATA guidelines, which extensively address a wide variety of topics, including iodine supplementation, thyroid autoimmunity, hyper- and hypo-thyroidism, thyroid nodules and cancer, post-partum management, as well as the need for pre-conception screening. Aim of this editorial is to offer a practical guidance to the OB/GYN reader by focusing upon evidence-based changes introduced by the latest guidelines, with particular regard to: (a) prescribing further endocrine testing before referral; (b) providing evidence-based answers to some of the frequently asked questions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology