Postoperative repeated respiratory insufficiency and thyrotoxicosis in molar pregnancy

Ir J Med Sci. 2012 Jun;181(2):281-3. doi: 10.1007/s11845-009-0328-2. Epub 2009 Apr 7.


Following the removal of a hydatiform mole in a 34-year-old, 14-week pregnant patient, thyrotoxicosis and respiratory insufficiency attacks were twice unexpectedly repeated. The symptoms were resolved with the administration of plasmapheresis, antithyroid and β-blocker drugs and non-invasive mechanical ventilation; however, she was again operated due to prolonged elevated β-hCG.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chorionic Gonadotropin, beta Subunit, Human / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydatidiform Mole / blood
  • Hydatidiform Mole / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Pregnancy
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
  • Thyrotoxicosis / etiology*
  • Thyrotoxicosis / therapy
  • Uterine Neoplasms / blood
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery*


  • Chorionic Gonadotropin, beta Subunit, Human