Postgrad Med J 73:234-236 doi:10.1136/pgmj.73.858.234
  • Research Article

Unsuspected thyrotoxicosis and hyperemesis gravidarum in Asian women.

  1. W. Chong,
  2. C. Johnston
  1. Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead NHS Trust, Hertfordshire, UK.


      This report describes three women with hyperemesis gravidarum caused by previously undiagnosed thyrotoxicosis. All three women were eight weeks pregnant and only one woman had typical features of thyrotoxicosis. Hyperemesis could not be controlled by anti-emetics. The patients were successfully treated with antithyroid drugs. Anti-thyroid treatment does not need to be continued once resolution of symptoms and thyrotoxicosis have occurred.