Thyroid hormone levels in cord blood of infants with acidemia at birth

Ofer Gemer*, Simon Shenhav, Shmuel Segal, Ilan Tur-Kaspa

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Objective: To study the funic thyroid hormone levels in cases were fetal distress during labor resulted in acidemia at birth. Material and methods: Arterial and venous levels of TSH, total T4, free T4 and total T3 obtained from cord blood at birth of twelve acidemic fetuses were compared with normal controls. Results: Acidemic fetuses had a significanly higher TSH levels than controls (16.5±2.1 μI/dl vs. 9.6±1.4 μI/dl, P=0.01). Total T3 levels were significantly lower in acidemic fetuses (49.2±2.9 ng/dl vs. 63±5.5 ng/dl, P=0.04). Total and free T4 levels were similar and there was no difference between arterial and venous levels of the hormones. Conclusions: Birth acidemia from fetal distress during labor is associated with higher TSH levels and lower T3 levels. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-55
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Birth acidemia
  • Cord blood
  • Thyroid hormones


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