Antibodies

I recently posted about the fact that after asking my GP to test my T3 and antibodies, the results I got were for Thyroglobulin antibodies instead of TPO.

The GP has now written to me confirming that my antibodies are very high and she wants to monitor them closely, so wants a repeat test in 3 months time.

I'm not sure what to do now. As thyroglobulin seems to feature in thyroid cancer I am understandably worried. Is the GP wanting to monitor them as I am at risk of developing Cancer?

4 Replies

oldestnewest
  • Infomaniac, possibly, high TgAb increases the risk of thyCa, but 95% of thyroid nodules are benign. If you have palpable goitre or nodules your GP should order an ultrasound scan of the thyroid.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thanks Clutter. I am really shocked. My high TPO antibodies have always worried me but up until now I hadn't even heard of TgAb.

    The GP has asked to see me in 3 months-is this normal? Also, do you know if there is anything I can do to reduce the antibodies/risk?

    Thanks again x

  • Infomaniac, Testing TgAb is unusual in primary care so I don't think there is a normal period for retesting. Gluten-free diet may help to reduce antibodies.

    Please be aware that your risk is slightly increased, it doesn't mean you will develop thyCa, and if you don't have thyroid nodules, there is little likelihood you will.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thanks Clutter, that's made me feel a bit better xx

You may also like...