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Old 02-02-2005, 07:29 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what this means?

I am reviewing some previous labs and wondered what this one stands for:

anti thyroglob <20 reference range= 0-40

I think it is referring to antibodies but is the <20 good or not?
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

I believe it's ok. It's showing that you do have antibodies present but not high enough on the range to cause problems. Don't know for sure. But I think this question deserves a bump up for those who are more knowledgable than I.
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:29 AM   #3
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

We all have antibodies, its when they attack our thyroids as a foreign object that a problem begins. If your antibodies are below the range then I think you are o.k., I believe 0-40 is considered a normal amount for the average person.

 
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

dea4 - how would that be interpreted when the reference range is 0.0-2.0?

My result was 1.1..

 
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

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dea4 - how would that be interpreted when the reference range is 0.0-2.0?

My result was 1.1..

All labs use different ranges for most all tests, within the labs range on antibody testing I believe would be considered a normal amount for the average person. Its not that if you go to one lab and then another your result would be the same so you would be out of range at one lab and in range at another, the end result is pretty much the same, its just the way they conduct the test and the measurement system they use.

Hope that makes sense, hard to explain.

 
Old 02-04-2005, 01:37 AM   #6
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

Thanks everyone for your response! Do antibodies change? Is this something that should be checked everytime one gets their thyroid bloodwork done?
Thanks again!

 
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Re: Can anyone tell me what this means?

Antibody amounts can change and taking selenium can help to "ward off" the thyroid antibodies, but its not necessary to have them checked everytime you have bloodwork done.

 
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