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It is very common for a thyroid disorder to be caused by an autoimmune disease. This occurs when your body creates antibodies which attack its own cells, in this case thyroid cell proteins thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase, which either destroy the thyroid gland or stimulate it to produce more thyroid hormone.
Many people with thyroid symptoms have raised thyroid antibodies. Sometimes, however, thyroid antibodies can be elevated before thyroid hormone levels are affected. If thyroid antibodies are detected but thyroid hormone levels are normal you should monitor your hormone levels regularly. If your thyroid function deteriorates later and you become symptomatic treatment can then begin.
This test is for individuals who have low or elevated thyroid hormones and wish to establish the cause.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
This test looks for antibodies to thyroglobulin, a protein which is specific to the thyroid gland. Under normal circumstances it does not enter the bloodstream, but if your thyroid is inflamed or under attack from the body's own immune system, then thyroglobulin can be secreted and antibodies detected.
Raised levels of thyroglobulin antibodies (TGAb) can indicate autoimmune thyroid disease.
Thyroid peroxidase is an enzyme which is produced in the thyroid gland and is important for converting T4 to the biologically active T3. This test looks for antibodies to thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb) in the blood which indicates that the body's immune system is attacking the thyroid gland and impairing its function.
Raised levels of thyroid peroxidase antibodies are often found in Hashimoto's disease (underactive thyroid) and can sometimes be detected before any symptoms are reported.
Raised levels are also found in over half the cases of Graves' disease (overactive thyroid).
We will send you your Thyroid Antibodies finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Thyroid Antibodies test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Thyroid Antibodies test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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