Amiodarone, an iodine containing drug, may induce thyrotoxicosis by an uncertain mechanism. In this study the role of thyroid autoimmunity was evaluated in 28 consecutive patients referred to us because they had become hyperthyroid during long-term amiodarone administration. Titres of thyroglobulin and thyroid microsomal antibodies, TSH binding-inhibitory and thyroid stimulating antibodies were evaluated. Underlying thyroid disorders were demonstrated in 20 patients (9 of them had toxic diffuse goitre, seven toxic multinodular goitre and four toxic adenoma), while eight patients did not show any apparent thyroid gland abnormality. Circulating thyroid autoantibodies could be found in all amiodarone iodine-induced hyperthyroid patients with toxic diffuse goitre and in one with toxic multinodular goitre, whilst they were absent in the other patients. These studies suggest that thyroid autoimmunity has little if any role in the development of thyrotoxicosis in amiodarone treated patients without underlying thyroid disorders. Furthermore, in amiodarone-iodine-induced thyrotoxicosis associated with various thyroid diseases, the humoral markers of thyroid autoimmunity show an incidence similar to that observed in spontaneous hyperthyroidism.
|Autori interni:||MACCHIA, ENRICO|
|Autori:||MARTINO E; MACCHIA E; AGHINI-LOMBARDI F; ANTONELLI A; LENZIARDI M; CONCETTI R; FENZI GF; BASCHIERI L; PINCHERA A|
|Titolo:||Is humoral thyroid autoimmunity relevant in amiodarone iodine-induced thyrotoxicosis (AIIT)?|
|Anno del prodotto:||1986|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|