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February 1985

Familial Postpartum Transient Hyperthyroidism

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism (Dr Singer) and the Department of Pathology (Dr Gorsky), Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles.

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(2):240-242. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360020060011

• Postpartum painless thyroiditis with transient hyperthyroidism is being recognized with increasing frequency. Evidence tends to support an autoimmune cause. We treated a 33-year-old woman who experienced typical postpartum painless thyroiditis. Her sister had had a similar episode 13 years previously, and their mother had had postpartum hyperthyroidism 42 years earlier. We believe that this familial association provides further support for autoimmunity in postpartum thyroiditis.

(Arch Intern Med 1985;145:240-242)

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