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Pre-eclampsia link to thyroid problems

18th November 2009

A study in the British Medical Journal has suggested that pregnant women with the potentially dangerous condition pre-eclampsia may be more likely to suffer from thyroid problems.

Researchers from the US and Norway found those with the condition - linked to abnormally high blood pressure which if untreated can endanger both mother and baby - had a raised risk of an under-active thyroid. That can lead to fatigue and depression and they suggest that women showing signs of pre-eclampsia need thyroid checks as well as standard heart and kidney checks.

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