Obstet Gynecol Sci.  2016 Jan;59(1):54-57. 10.5468/ogs.2016.59.1.54.

Fetal goiter conservatively monitored during the prenatal period associated with maternal and neonatal euthyroid status

  • 1Fetal Medicine Service, Maternidade-Escola Assis Chateaubriand, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • 2Department of Obstetrics, Paulista School of Medicine, Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. araujojred@terra.com.br
  • 3Radiology Service, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • 4Radius Clinic, Fortaleza, Brazil.
  • 5FemImagem, Clinic of Women, Fortaleza, Brazil.


Congenital goiter is considered a rare occurrence, and may be related to hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or euthyroidism. In this report, we describe a case of fetal goiter identified in the 34th gestational week in a 41-year-old secundigravida with normal thyroid functions. A conservative approach was followed; the fetal goiter was monitored via ultrasound, which suggested this was a case of hyperthyroidism. After the birth, tests indicated that the newborn was euthyroidic. Consequently, a more detailed study using non-invasive procedures was deemed necessary to discover the precise cause of the fetal goiter during the gestational period.


Conservative management; Fetus; Goiter; Magnetic resonance imaging; Prenatal diagnosis
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