Thursday, 12 December 2013

Postpartum Thyroid Disease - Hyperthyroidism

Postpartum thyroid disease is defined as a condition of women who deliver babies have postpartum thyroiditis, with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or both, within one year after delivery as the thyroid gland has become abnormal in production of thyroid hormones. If you need more information about postpartum depression, please follow the link. Due to hormonal change expected after giving birth, most postpartum thyroid diseases are overlook by your doctor. It is for your own benefit, if you are experiencing symptoms of thyroidism, you should see your doctor. According to statistic, approximately 10 percent of women may suffer thyroid disease after childbirth.
In most cases, postpartum thyroid disease (transient thyroidism) may be temporary, as it will disappear after a short period of time.
A. Hyperthyroidism
1. If your are not breast feeding with hyperthyroidism after child birth
a. Radioactive form of iodine may be used as it is the most effective treatment to cure hyperthyroidism as as a result of killing thyroid cells which have absorbed the radioactive iodine. Please note that the cells in the thyroid gland are the only cells in our body with the ability to absorb iodine, therefore the radioactive iodine will not damage other cells in the body.
b. Risks and side effects
b.1. Causing hypothyroidism as a result of radioactive iodine has killed more of the thyroid cells than expected
b.2. Mild case of hyperthyroidism as a result of radioactive iodine has killed less thyroid cells as expect.
This risk can be dissolved if the right amount is used
b.3 Nausea
b.4. Swollen salivary glands
b.5. Mentallic taste.
As the glands have absorbed some of the radioactive iodine.
b.6. Etc.

Precautions: Following radioactive iodine therapy, you will need to take certain precautions to prevent radiation exposure to others, specially to elder and baby. As you doctors will give you a precised details.

2. If you are breast feeding your baby
1. You may consider stop it while you are in hyperthyroid treatment with radioactive iodine. Your doctor will tell you the time that is necessary for the radioactive iodine completely withdrawn from your body, before you can proceed with breast feeding your baby again.
2. If you choose not to stop, then the treatments will be the same with either medication or surgery.

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