Which clinical history findings are characteristic of subacute postpartum thyroiditis?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Stephanie L Lee, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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This condition is associated with a painless, firm enlargement of the thyroid gland and high thyroid hormone levels. The identifying feature is its occurrence 1-6 months after childbirth. Patients may report lack of sleep, nervousness, fatigue, and easy weight loss. [3, 2]

Autoimmune hyperthyroidism from Graves disease can also occur for the first time postpartum and must be distinguished from postpartum thyroiditis. Both conditions are associated with high antithyroid antibody titers.


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