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Graves - does level of antibodies matter?

Is there any significance at all to antibody levels in Graves disease?

The NHS don't seem to pay much attention to monitoring this, & take the view that "if you've got antibodies, that's it - how many doesn't matter" - implying that levels of antibodies aren't an indication of disease activity. I was pleased to discover that mine are how half what they were last time I was tested, but was swiftly deflated by a doctor telling me this (... so what was the bloomin' point of testing it then?!!)

They do, however, take notice of rising/falling levels of other auto-antibodies.

Anybody know?

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sorry i do not know how to answer your question but i would like to know what people think about your question, it is of interest to me as well. hope people will answer


Hi If any help replied on the main question.



Hi Well I do know there did not use to be a test for antibodies. certainly a useful guide at beginning of diagnosis. However, the treatment is exactly the same,so personally I do not bother but concentrate on TSH, T4 and free T3 and all the other hormonal ,autoimmune diseases it is important to test for these, b12 + foliates, iron/ferritin , vit d and diabetes.. Also on the many autoimmune diseases which are treated as they appear..

Best wishes,



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