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Thyroglobulin Antibodies High After Total Thyroidectomy
Read this on my lab report "low positive thyroglobulin antibodies are seen in assymptomatic population"
what does that mean in real terms?
Not diagnostic: In general, lab tests are used to support a clinical diagnosis and thus a positive test per se does not provide a diagnosis without abnormal physical findings or symptoms. On many occasions, an abnormal lab test is not associated with any disease condition especially when the value is only slightly abnormal. If you do hundreds of tests on a healthy person, you will likely find something abnormal. ...Read more
Thyroglobulin antibodies are proteins made by the immune system. The immune system is recognizing the thyroid as strange to the body. Thus, this is a marker of autoimmune thyroid disease. It is usually measured to confirm hashimoto's thyroiditis, but can be seen in people without significant thyroid pathology and with normal thyroid levels. It can also be seen with ...Read more
I had a total thyroidectomy with pathology of hyalinizing trabecular tumor. But I have thyroglobulin antibodies how come? Also can't get TSH down
Hypothyroidism: The thyroid condition you have is rare and is considered by many a variant of papillary carcinoma which commonly arises in chronic thyroiditis as indicated by your elevated thyroglobulin antibodies. The destruction of normal thyroid cells from chronic inflammation or complete surgical removal leads to hypothyroidism reflected by elevated tsh. See your endocrinologist for treatment. ...Read more
Positive for thyroid paroxidase antibodies and thyroglobulin antibodies. What does this mean? Had pap thyroid cancer in 2008 with thyroidectomy
Immunity to thyroid: The thyroid makes thyroglobulin (tg) and thyroid peroxidase (tpo). Even though you had your thyroid removed, your body's immune system sees tg and tpo as foreign and has made antibodies to them. This means that following your tg as a way to monitor your thyroid cancer might be unreliable. It could also mean you have thyroid tissue that is still present in your body. Ask your endocrinologist! ...Read more
Is it possible recurrence of thyroid cancer if thyroglobulin came back positive but antibodies are decreasing? Had full thyroidectomy 2 years ago.
Recurrence: Rest assured. It is impossible to say you are cancer free, but that is likely. Here's why: the thyroglobulin level is unreliable because you have antibodies. The fact that the antibodies are decreasing can mean that thyroglobulin is decreasing. Antibodies can be a tumor marker surrogate. Continue to follow the antibody trend and get periodic neck ultrasounds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 montes after thyroidectomy and rai, thyroglobuline <0.1 ng/ml and antithyroglobuline antibodies are 47.8 iu/ml. No TSH elevation. Is this good, bad?
Okay: I assume that you had thyroid cancer. If this is the case, you want to be on enough thyroid hormone so that the TSH is in the lower range of normal or slightly low (0.2-1.0). Unfortunately, having thyroglobulin antibodies makes the thyroglobulin level unreliable as an indicator or residual thyroid tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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