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    Old 12-17-2004, 04:40 PM   #1
    Christine L
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    What is Thyroid Peroxidase AB Test for?

    Hi all. What is the thyroid peroxidase AB test for and what do the results mean? I got an out of range reading:

    Thyroid Peroxidase AB test results were 3.9. Range is 0.8 - 1.8.

    Thanks.

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    Old 12-17-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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    Re: What is Thyroid Peroxidase AB Test for?

    The TPO antibody test is used to help determine if you're dealing with an autoimmune type of thyroid disease - Hashimoto's most commonly.

    The presence of these antibodies indicates you do have an autoimmune thyroid disease. These antibodies attack the mechanism your thyroid gland uses to manufacture thyroid hormones; over time your thyroid wont be able to to make enough T4 and T3 because of this. If your other readings are normal right now (and by that I mean a real normal, and not just within the lab range) these antibodies suggest that eventually things will change and you should keep an eye on your FT levels.

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