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Does high thyroid antibodies lead to autoamuine d/o?

Does high thyroid antibodies lead to autoamuine d/o?

It can: It certainly can. You need to have other values such as tsh, t4, free T3 (liothyronine) and thyroid binding globulin to fully assess. Also, if you're symptomatic in some way, this factors in as well. Please discuss fully with the physician who ordered the test! Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Haglund
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Thyroid Antibodies (Definition)

Thyroid antibodies are autoantibodies that are found in 7% of the general population. They attack the thyroid. They are increased in hoshimoto's thyroiditis and 14% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria have ...Read more


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I want to check if I have thyroid antibodies? What is the basic test for the same? I would go to d advanced tests after I confirm the basic one.

I want to check if I have thyroid antibodies? What is the basic test for the same? I would go to d advanced tests after I confirm the basic one.

Let doctor pick: It would be prudent to consult a doctor before you get the tests done as you may not need any. In case you do need, your doctor should pick the tests, based on your thyroid function test results and family history. ...Read more

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I want to check if I have thyroid antibodies? What is the basic test for the same? I would go to d advanced tests after I confirm the basic one.

I want to check if I have thyroid antibodies? What is the basic test for the same? I would go to d advanced tests after I confirm the basic one.

Yes, standard: Blood test is
antithyroid microsomal antibodies (also called anti-TPO), thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAbs) and thyroglobulin antibodies. Mainly the first.
Further studies would be thyroid hormone levels and examination of the thyroid probably involving biopsy. ...Read more

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I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

I have thyroid goiter with positive thyroid antibodies; eurothyroid. Does this mean have autoimmune d/o?

Not necessarily: Euthyroid means that at the moment you do not have biochemical hypo or hyperthyroidism. Not everyone with positive thyroid antibodies develops autoimmune thyroid disease. However, given that we know that your antibodies are positive, I would have your thyroid tests monitored regularly. How often depends on your doctors opinion. I monitor people like you twice early. ...Read more

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Can high thyroid antibodies go low?

Normal: They are normal when they are low. There is no virtue in having any autoimmune antibody present. ...Read more

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What does a thyroid antibodies tests consist of?

What does a thyroid antibodies tests consist of?

Antibody test: This is a blood test for antibodies that mediate thyroid inflammation. ...Read more

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Why would my thyroid antibodies test be negative?

Autoimmune thyroid: Anti-tpo antibodies are usually elevated in people with hashimotos thyroiditis and often with graves disease. However, the test is not perfect, and is sometimes negative, even if you have hashi. Also, some labs don't perform the test well. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thyroid antibodies?

What is the definition or description of: thyroid antibodies?

Autoantibodies: Thyroid antibodies are autoantibodies that are found in 7% of the general population. They attack the thyroid. They are increased in hoshimoto's thyroiditis and 14% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria have these antibodies as well. ...Read more

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Do steroids lower thyroid antibodies?

Do steroids lower thyroid antibodies?

May be: Steroids are not a recommended treatment for thyroid antibodies. ...Read more

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My thyroid antibodies came back with a level of 662. All other thyroid tests came back normal. My ggt was 293. Are they related?

My thyroid antibodies came back with a level of 662. All other thyroid tests came back normal. My ggt was 293. Are they related?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, why were the tests done? You may be at risk for hypothyroidism. The issues may or may not be related. Do follow-up with your doctor.
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My mom had her thyroid removed and anti bodies not thyroid antibodies have been found in her blood what does this mean? Is this life threatening?

My mom had her thyroid removed and anti bodies not thyroid antibodies have been found in her blood what does this mean? Is this life threatening?

More information: Hi. Why did she have her thyroid removed? Usually that's for thyroid cancer. EVERYONE has antibodies in their blood! If she doesn't have thyroid autoantibodies, then she didn't have autoimmune thyroid disease. If it was thyroid cancer, then not having thyroglobulin antibodies means her thyroglobulin can be followed as a tumor marker. Your statement and question is a little unclear. Care 2 clarify? ...Read more

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What are normal levels of thyroid antibodies?

What are normal levels of thyroid antibodies?

Thyroid antibodies: These usually are performed by commercial labs. They give the normal ranges - usually less than 20 units. ...Read more

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Do you need to fast for thyroid antibodies test?

Do you need to fast for thyroid antibodies test?

Thyroid antibodies: No. Fasting is not necessary for thyroid tests of any kind. You only need to fast for tests affected by your blood glucose-related hormones, like your blood sugar test and your lipid profile ; even the lipid profile can be done non- fasting, some experts say nowadays. ...Read more

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What symptoms can high thyroid antibodies cause?

What symptoms can high thyroid antibodies cause?

Autoimmunity: If you have anti-thyroid antibodies, two (2) things may happen, depending on the site of action. If the antibodies stimulate the TSH receptor, this would lead to grave's disease, which implies a hyper functioning gland. In the other scenario, the antibodies may participate in the destruction of the gland, thereby causing hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have negative thyroid antibodies?

The body...: Is not attacking its own thyroid;
some people have these antibodies which means it is attacking its own thyroid. ...Read more

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Eliminating wheat products in diet will reduce my thyroid antibodies? Will thyroid cells will regrow after attacked by antibodies?

I doubt it: Please forgive my frankness. If you have autoimmune thyroid disease, you've got a long-term medical problem that's not going to managed by trying to treat a lab value. Your life depends on replacing or suppressing your thyroid hormone levels. You do yourself a disservice by reading websites by anti-gluten militants. You're free to try but remember the levels fluctuate anyway. ...Read more

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My thyroid antibodies are high what does this mean..........I have hypothyroidism?

See below: The fact that your antibodies are high suggests they are attcking your thyroid if so then you may become hypothyrpoid but you need to be carefully followed so as to see what is to happen. ...Read more

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Can someone have high thyroid antibodies results and not have hashimoto's or any other "illness"?

Can someone have high thyroid antibodies results and not have hashimoto's or any other "illness"?

By definition: By definition someone who has anti-thyroid antibodies carries a diagnosis of hashimoto's thyroiditis. That doesn't mean that thyroid function is always affected. However, in patients with high anti-thyroid antibodies we monitor thyroid function with blood work as the risk for developing thyroid dysfunction is higher. ...Read more

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If I bring my thyroid antibodies down to almost 0, does that mean that my hashimotos will be in "remission? "

Not likeky: To occur. Hashimoto's can, like all "autoimmune" disorders wax and wane. So a score of zero could just be a normal variant. HRS, MD, FACC ...Read more

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Is it possible for thyroid antibodies to reduce right after a month after delivery and could the hypothyroid symptoms go away (only) for that while?

Yes: The level of antithyroid ab varies often. If you are in the early stage of the disease, the thyroid may even get overactive before it turns underactive. Thus the answer would be yes. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have thyroid antibodies. She ran a bunch of test and said everything was okay. Should I get a second opinion. What does it mean?

My doctor told me I have thyroid antibodies. She ran a bunch of test and said everything was okay. Should I get a second opinion. What does it mean?

Thyroid antibodies: Sometimes we make antibodies to our own organs. The antibodies may result in damage to the organ, but when the damage might result in symptoms is not known. If she "checked" you, she probably looked at your thyroid hormone levels. You need to be rechecked periodically, but not right now. Request copies of the tests and ask her to explain what they mean at an office visit, and ask when to recheck. ...Read more

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What is thyroid antibodies treatment? And how can we prevent misscariage?

What is thyroid antibodies treatment? And how can we prevent misscariage?

Typically, you don't: If you have grave's than you have to monitor the fetus for a goiter during the 2nd trimester via ultrasound and the mother may need to be treated with additional Methimazole (antithyroid medication). If you have hashimoto's than you will have to monitor the mother's thyroid levels to make sure it is adequately replaced. You don't usually treat the antibody levels. ...Read more

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Also have high thyroid antibodies and my mom has Hashimoto?

Also have high thyroid antibodies and my mom has Hashimoto?

Hypothyroid: Until proven otherwise with this history. If you have not had complete thyroid function testing (not just TSH but also T3, T4, REVERSE T3) in addition to repeat anti- thyroid antibodies you should forcefully request that these be done. You should also measure your axillary temperature before arising every day for one week and keep a record of it to show your doc. See your Mom's endo if GP resis ...Read more

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I have high thyroid antibodies?

High thyroid antibod: Doctor must have suspected that you have thyroid didease, why this test was ordered. He/she must have orderedt3, t4, and tsh
mild to moderate thyroid antibodies rise may found in auto immune and thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, type1 diabetes, rhematoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, and auto
immune collagen vascular disease
high level in hashimoto thyroiditis and graves disease. Risk for hypothy/hyperth. ...Read more

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Thyroid antibodies di they fluctuate when levels are normal?

Antibodies: The level fluctuates and it may not necessarily follow disease activity or thyroid level. ...Read more

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Help please! Is anyone suffering from high levels of thyroid antibodies in their system?

Depends: High levels of thyroid antibodies suggest that your are at risk for thyroid malfunction. It also serves as a marker that you maybe more prone to other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Can you still be hypo after testing negative for thyroid antibodies? Is there something else I should be looking at? US thyroid done.

Not your thyroid: Though you did not mention this, I am assuming your doctor checked your thyroid hormone level and a TSH and that they were fine. Even if you did have thyroid antibodies, that would not make you hypothyroid but would just slightly increase the risk that you could become hypothyroid in the future. I would stop worrying about your thyroid and discuss with your doctor other causes for your symptoms ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with thyroid antibodies and I feel really unwell I also have rhumatoid is the antibodies making things worse?

Maybe: Thyroid antibodies do not alone constitute a disease and do not cause symptoms per se. Unless there is thyroid dysfunction antibodies are not making you feel worse. There is no overlap between RA and thyroid disease. True thyroid disease may make any disease seem worse. ...Read more

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Thyroid antibodies high, infected rash on shoulder spreading. Connection?

No: Thyroid antibodies are simply a marker of possibly having autoimmune thyroid disease. It has no relationship to bacterial infections or other rashes. ...Read more

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If I had thyroid antibodies, would my reverse t3 (liothyronine) also be elevated?

Not necessarily: Thyroid antibodies put you at risk for thyroid deficiency and you should consult your doctor to ascertain if you should be taking thyroid supplement. ...Read more

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What is consider too low of thyroid antibodies and thyroid peroxidase? What is a good reference range?

Levels not important: To see if your thyroid is healthy the only tests needed are a total or free T4 and a TSH. If they are fine there is no need to measure thyroid antibodies. If the TSH is high, elevation of one or both thyroid antibodies suggests you may have autoimmune thyroiditis which sometimes causes an underactive thyroid. Very high levels may indicate a higher risk but low levels are of no concern ...Read more

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I've had hypothryoid-like symptoms for a few years now. My TSH is normal but I have thyroid antibodies. Could it still be a thyroid issue?

Probably: The presence of thyroid antibodies makes you more likely to develop a thyroid problem which usually ended up with low thyroid status. Given the normal TSH however no treatment is indicated at this time. Just follow-up. ...Read more

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Dr. Gave 2 possibilities for my friend's thyroid antibodies that were over 1000. Thyroid cancer and hashimotos. Which is more commonly seen?

Hashimoto's: Antibodies are commonly seen in hashimoto's thyroiditis. Go see an endocrinologist to guide you further. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your doctor tells you you have thyroid antibodies? She felt on my neck and said everything was ok but what can this mean in futur

Higher risk: All that means is that you are somewhat more likely to develop a thyroid problem than those without the antibody. However the presence of a thyroid antibody may or may not lead to thyroid disease at all. It does tell you that you may be predisposed to develop an autoimmune disorder especially with the thyroid. ...Read more

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What can cause high thyroid antibodies with normal tsh?

Thyroid antibodies: Hashimotos disease - its an autoimmune disorder causing thyroid inflammation. An ultrasound should be performed to detect thyroid nodules. It can cause thyroid dysfunction ie TSH abnormalities over time. ...Read more

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My thyroid antibodies test came back as 10.6 (should be less than 1.8) I have been diagnosed with Graves. Should l be concerned about my results?

Thyroid antibodies: You do not say which antibodies are positive. TPO antibodies are found in either Graves or Hashimotos. TSI is part of Graves. Either way, antibodies don't impact the treatment plan. If you are hyperthyroid (elevated FT4) then you need treatment, typically medications, radioactive iodine, or surgery. Talk to your Endocrinologist about the options. ...Read more

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If tpoab and tgab are present but within norm range what does that mean? Does everyone have positive thyroid antibodies? Fluctuating TSH as well.

If tpoab and tgab are present but within norm range what does that mean? Does everyone have positive thyroid antibodies? Fluctuating TSH as well.

Probably early: Thyroid disease. Autoimmune thyroid disease may present with just autoantibodies that you have. These are not normal. Your doctor likely plans to follow your TSH levels and if you develop any signs of thyroid deficiency, s/he will put you on medication. ...Read more

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Can high thyroid antibodies make you dizzy and causes tingling in your feet?

Can high thyroid antibodies make you dizzy and causes tingling in your feet?

Rule out...: Hashimoto's encephalopathy. It's unlikely; it's deposition of antithyroid antibodies or something like them in the brain vessels. It gets missed a lot. Your endocrinologist knows about this and can rule this in or out. ...Read more

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6 months postpartum low TSH and thyroid antibodies found. Tsh went back to normal 2 months later. Hashimotos? Or just postpartum thyroiditis?

6 months postpartum low TSH and thyroid antibodies found. Tsh went back to normal 2 months later. Hashimotos? Or just postpartum thyroiditis?

Probably: Postpartum, but doesn't really matter if lab returned to normal. It will obviously need to be monitored on an on-going basis as it could change in the future, particularly during a future pregnancy. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more