May 31, 2016
Testing measurements of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, in pregnant women with high-normal thyroid function tests may help improve identification of those who may be at risk for preeclampsia, according to study findings presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology.
“Most pregnant women will have high thyroid hormone levels because of a natural rise in hCG, rather than an underlying thyroid condition like Graves’ disease or toxic nodules,” Tim Korevaar, MD, MSc, of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, said in a press release. “Doctors do not currently screen for preeclampsia, although many do measure thyroid hormone during pregnancy. Measuring hCG as well may help doctors to more accurately interpret thyroid function tests in pregnant women.”