23 July 2010

Signs of Thyroid Trouble Tied to Raised Pregnancy Complication

Placental separation 3 times more likely if antibodies linked to gland disease are high, study shows

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Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme that incorporates iodine into thyroid hormones. In some autoimmune diseases, the body creates antibodies against TPO. This leads to lower TPO levels and slower body metabolism. But when antibody levels are low, the thyroid may be able to compensate and produce normal amounts of thyroid hormones, the study authors explained in a news release from UT Southwestern Medical Center.


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