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Disturbing results of Nicola’s thyroid

Many laboratory tests are closely linked. When interpreting the result of one test, we must consider the others.


Nicola found this out when she underwent a preventive thyroid panel, in which an anomaly appeared. Is her thyroid sick? What should she do next?

See the interpretation of Nicola’s results

Expert commentary

The presence of anti-TPO antibodies with normal thyroid hormone activity (TSH, FT3, FT4) in healthy individuals does not have significant diagnostic value and should not cause concern for the patient. Normal TSH and free hormone values ​​indicate normal thyroid function, and isolated elevation of anti-TPO antibodies does not affect its functioning. Furthermore, periodic monitoring of antibodies in this case is not medically justified.


However, it is worth noting that there are different criteria for balancing thyroid function for pregnant women, and in such cases, it is advisable to consult the results with an endocrinologist.

Anna Kubrak, MD

Doctor of medicine, graduate of Wroclaw Medical University, with experience in primary care. Worked for Internal Medicine and Geriatrics unit at Falkiewicz Specialist Hospital in Wroclaw.