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Overview Brief

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is done when doctors speculate that the patient has thyroid.[1]

What is Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody?

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is a lab test that is used for diagnosing thyroid or the presence of thyroglobulin antibodies in bloodstream. This leads to an autoimmune condition.

Why is Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody suggested?

The Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is suggested when the symptoms of thyroid become apparent in the patient, this may include:

  • Constant unexplained fatigue.
  • Unexplained or rapid weight gain.
  • Unexplained constipation or dry skin.

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is also suggested when the patient develops a goiter. A condition that causes the enlargement of the thyroid gland in the throat.[1]

 

How is Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody performed?

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is performed as follows:

  • A blood sample is drawn from the patient.
  • The blood sample is tested for detectable levels of anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.

What are the parameters measured in the Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody?

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test measures the presence of anti-thyroglobulin antibodies in the given test sample.[2]

  • Negative results mean that no antithyroglobulin antibodies were found in the patient’s bloodstream.
  • A positive result means that the antibodies are present in the bloodstream and may be the cause of several conditions such as thyroid, B-12 deficiency, and type 1 diabetes.

Preparation before performing Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody

The following points need to be taken into consideration before the Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test:-

  • The patient may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for up to a few hours before the test is administered.
  • The patient must discuss their medical history with the doctor, like the use of prescription drugs or other diagnosed conditions.

Post-care after Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.

A bandage may be required in case blood is drawn.

Sample types in Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody

Anti Thyroglobulin Antibody is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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