Routine Thyroid Screening Not Recommended for Pregnant Women

October 3, 2007

Surveillance

At a recent meeting of ACOG “The issue has been whether thyroid screening should be a routine test during prenatal care,” ACOG says there is no evidence that identifying and treating pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism improves either maternal or infant outcomes. The US Preventive Services Task Force says there must be demonstrated improvement in important health outcomes of those individuals identified through screening before recommending routine screening of asymptomatic people. “There just isn’t any data that supports the routine screening of millions of pregnant women for subclinical hypothyroidism every year because the long-term effects are not certain and there is no evidence that any treatment would make a difference in the long run,”