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NHS autoantibodies screen?

Hi everybody, I wish you all good

I'm very anxious as tomorrow I will probably get my results back for autoantibodies screen my GP ordered

I have thyroid autoantibodies which indicates early stage Hashimoto disease (thyroid autoimmune, still normal functioning thyroid)

What does "autoantibodies screen" by nhs typically include? I googled that as much as 45% of people with antibodies to thyroid tissue will have other antibodies including those indicative of PBC and AIH:(

I do have fatty liver confirmed by fibroscan

My ALT was 63, and other liver tests normal

My ALT a month later is 43. I am on diet as I'm overweight and eating mostly veggies now plus lean protein. Is it my diet positively affecting ALT or it's too early for it?

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The docs could be testing any or all of these, it depends what was requested.

I'm sure your better nutrition and weight loss is helping to improve your ALT result, keep on doing what you are doing. Good luck.

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I have had an Autoimmune Profile before on the NHS and it looks for all sorts of autoimmune illnesses (although I can't remember exactly which ones). It will see if you are suffering from any other illnesses. I have had Smooth Muscle antibodies which have been positive and then gone negative after a while and the doctors didn't seem concerned that it meant I was suffering with a particular illness. Also, I have had ANA which was positive, which is a general indicator of autoimmune illness, but, again, I have no other autoimmune illness apart from thyroid - it's non-specific - so don't worry too much.


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