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If I have an autoimmune thyroid disease would it not be detected in a basic thyroid screen?

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Autoimmune thyroid

Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies.
Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab.

In brief: Autoimmune thyroid

Autoimmune thyroid disease will not be detected in a basic thyroid screen which refers to T4 and a TSH and not thyroid antibodies.
Autoimmune thyroid disease is detected by specific antibodies. Tpoab ( peroxidase antibodies) , tgab ( thyroglobulin antibodies) and trab ( thyroid stimulating receptor ab). Autoimmune thyroiditis is diagnosed by careful exam in conjunction with thyroid ab.
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The way to check for autoimmune thyroid disease is to look for thyroid antibodies, specifically the thyroid peroxidase antibodies for hashimoto's thyroid disease and TSH receptor antibodies for graves' disease.
These antibodies are not typically checked on a basic thyroid panel.

In brief: Yes

The way to check for autoimmune thyroid disease is to look for thyroid antibodies, specifically the thyroid peroxidase antibodies for hashimoto's thyroid disease and TSH receptor antibodies for graves' disease.
These antibodies are not typically checked on a basic thyroid panel.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: No

Your doctor needs to specifically order tests to look for antibodies that are directed against your own thyroid tissue.

In brief: No

Your doctor needs to specifically order tests to look for antibodies that are directed against your own thyroid tissue.
Dr. Gary Steven
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