Abstract OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this prospective study is to evaluate the possible association between Ménière's disease (MD) and autoantibodies. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with definite MD (51 unilateral and 4 bilateral) were matched with 55 patients with unilateral vestibular paresis without cochlear involvement and 55 healthy subjects. Blood samples were collected from all study subjects for the determination of serum TSH, free triiodothyronine, free thyroxine, anti-TSH receptor antibody, antithyroperoxidase antibody, antithyroglobulin antibody and of antibodies to non-organ-specific antigens, namely antinuclear antibodies, antibodies to extractable nuclear antigens and antineutrophilic cytoplasmic antibodies. RESULTS: Thirty-three subjects (60%) of the MD group had 1 or more elevated serum autoantibody levels, both organ and non-organ specific; 16 patients (29.1%) with unilateral vestibular paresis had 1 or more elevated serum autoantibody levels, while 13 healthy subjects (23.6%) had 1 or more elevated serum autoantibody levels. CONCLUSIONS: Based on our data we speculate that there is a more than a chance association between MD and 'autoimmunity', thus suggesting a hypothetical role of the immune system in MD pathogenesis. In other words, a pathogenetic role of an 'immune dysregulation' in MD patients can be hypothesized.
|Autori:||NACCI A; DALLAN I; MONZANI F; DARDANO A; MIGLIORINI P; RIENTE L; URSINO F; FATTORI B|
|Titolo:||Elevated anti-thyroid peroxidase and anti-nuclear autoantibody titres in Menière’s disease patients: more than a chance association?|
|Anno del prodotto:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1159/000218357|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|