Impact of iodine deficiency on thyroid function in pregnant African women - A possible factor in the genesis of 'small for dates' babies

  • Das S
  • Isichei U
  • Mohammed A
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The effect of iodine deficiency (ID) on thyroid function in African women during pregnancy and postnatal period was examined, for which very limited information is available. Serum T(4), T(3), TSH, TBG, thyroxine binding capacity (TBK), free thyroxine index (FT(4)I=T(4)/TBK) and T(4)/TBG were determined by ELISA technique in 32 pregnant women (resident of Plateau state, Nigeria- an ID zone) through pregnancy upto term delivery, and in 5 women up to 6 weeks post delivery. Urinary iodide level was measured at delivery to determine the degree of iodine deficiency. Results were matched with a non pregnant control comprising 44 subjects. 5555 birth weights (BW) of term babies in the region were analysed to determine the prevalence of 'small for dates' (SFD) babies in the population. Results show that the level of serum FT(4)I was elevated very significantly at late gestation (P

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  • Africans
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid function

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  • Santosh C. Das

  • Uche P. Isichei

  • Aminu Z. Mohammed

  • Abraham A. Otokwula

  • Abiodun Emokpae

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