Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Autoimmune thyroid disease, also called autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inadequate thyroid hormone production and occurs due to the attack of the body's immune system on healthy thyroid cells. Symptoms may include an enlarged thyroid gland, weight gain, tiredness, and muscle weakness. The treatment approach involves synthetic hormone medication called levothyroxine.

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What is thyroglobulin antibody test?

Query: Hi doctor, I just received a test back from my immunologist and I am trying to understand what it means. I am suffering from fatigue and chronic sinusitis. I have CVID and get infusions every three weeks. I have been having adverse reactions to the infusions. So, they ran several tests and this is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is a test to detect whether your body is producing antibodies against your thyroid gland. A high value indicates that your body is producing antibodies against your thyroid gland. In simple words, it means your body is itself destroying its own thyroid gland. ...  Read Full »

What do high TSH and TPO antibody levels indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My TSH is 27 and the anti-TPO antibody test shows >600, whereas the normal range is 1-60. Is this a serious condition and what do these numbers indicate?  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Higher TPO antibodies mean that your body's immune system is making antibodies against your thyroid and so as a result your thyroid is not functioning adequately. The pituitary gland senses the low thyroid hormones and makes more TSH (thyroid...  Read Full »

I took a blood test, and the results were alarming. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I did a blood test, and some of the results were alarming. The blood test was taken to check my autoimmune thyroiditis. But I do not know what that means. I am taking Levothyroxine. Please explain to me the following: 1) Hemoglobin levels- 119 g/dL. 2) MCV- 80.5 μm3. 3) Plt- 504. 4) P...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for such discomfort. I saw the report you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You have Hemoglobin (Hb) value just less than the standard lower limit. Your Ferritin and MCV (mean corpuscular volume) value are low. Combinin...  Read Full »

Will Hashimoto's thyroiditis lead to thyroid cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and I felt like a lump in my lower throat. The doctor did a physical examination and noticed two nodules and sent me for an ultrasound. The result came back that the thyroid as a whole was hyperemic and heterotrophic in the background appearance. The le...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the data posted. From the details posted it appears as autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimotos). Kindly tell us the thyroid blood reports to know the control. Do you hear any sound while breathing (stridor) which indicates pressure on trachea? Br...  Read Full »

Should I continue taking Levothyroxine despite my weight loss, anxiety, hair loss, and depression issues?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had Hashimoto's hypothyroidism for 12 years. I have been on tablet Levothyroxine the whole time. I have type 1 diabetes, retinopathy, psoriatic arthritis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and stage 3 chronic kidney disease. My current medications include NovoLog, Tresiba, Losa...  Read Full »

Dr. Gulati Ranjitsingh Awtarsingh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to In Hashimoto's disease, antibodies are constantly formed in the body and are controlled by administering artificial thyroxine hormones. Sugar and blood pressure (BP) have to be monitored, and the values are kept in the normal range by adjusting the dose of Tresiba (Insu...  Read Full »

I have a high TSH value, and I am recommended for the anti-TPO test. Please help me.

Query: Hi doctor,My gynecologist told me to do a thyroid test, and my TSH value is high. Later she recommended the anti-TPO test. Please suggest to me if I have to go through any treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The high TPO means that you have some antibodies which can attack your thyroid gland. This can occur in stressful situations, infections, lack of physical rest, or poor sleep. They do not cause any worry if the TSH is not high enough. In your case, the TSH is slightly ...  Read Full »

There is mild swelling near Adam's apple with acute neck and ear pain. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a mild swelling near Adam's apple. I have acute pain in the back of my neck and ears. I got the tests done. The report states TSH is 13 mIU/L and Anti-TPO is 209 IU/mL.  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Swelling near Adam's apple is most likely a thyroid swelling. Normal TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level is 0.5-5 mIU/L. Your high TSH level confirms that it is a thyroid swelling. Elevated anti-TPO antibody (anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody) suggests autoimm...  Read Full »

Do thyroid disorders cause extreme fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please give a second opinion of what you see with these thyroid test readings in a patient with extreme fatigue for 30 years? TSH - 0.170 mIU/L, T3 - 1.7 nmol/L, reverse T3 - 29.5 ng/dL, T4 - 1.49 mcg/dL, TPO - 68 IU/mL.  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the values you have provided. And I have some queries. 1. Values you have provided are incomplete. I would like to see an entire report with reference ranges to give an accurate opinion. 2. Is the value of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) 0.170 or...  Read Full »

What is the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, and what does it cause?

Query: Hi doctor, Good day. Two weeks before, my stomach ached. There was diarrhea, pain, belching. I did an ultrasound examination of the abdominal cavity, and it showed increased echogenicity of the pancreas. So before three months, I did a gastroscopy, which was done to diagnose gastritis. The results ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. You have been diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis as well as sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. And you are currently having symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating. Also, you have recovered from COVID. These are the answers to your questions: ...  Read Full »

Which doctor should I consult for my high thyroglobulin antibodies?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my blood work done, and they told me I have high thyroglobulin antibodies measured by Beckham Coulter Methodology. My thyroid ultrasound came back normal. Why do I have this? And which doctor should I consult?  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and your reports that you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). High thyroglobulin antibodies indicate an autoimmune thyroid disease that can occur either sooner or later but cannot predict when it happens exactly. Autoim...  Read Full »

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