Age-related anti-thyroid antibodies and thyroid abnormalities in turner syndrome

E. L. Germain, L. P. Plotnick

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One hundred pediatric patients with Turner syndrome were studied to determine the correlation between the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies with age and karyotype, and the value of anti-thyroid antibody titers as predictors of subsequent thyroid abnormalities. (54 patients = 45,X; 46 = other karyotypes). The frequency of positive titers of anti-thyroid antibodies increased linearly with cumulative age. Anti-parietal cell and anti-adrenocortical cell antibodies were not increased in these patients (1.3 and 2.6% respectively). The ability to use positive anti-thyroid antibody titers to predict the development of thyroid abnormalities increased from age 10 years and became statistically significant at ages 13-17 years for the whole group as well as 45,X patients. None of the patients had clinical symptoms of thyroid dysfunction although 22% developed thyroid abnormalities, which included elevated TSH, low T4, and/or goiter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-755
Number of pages6
JournalActa Paediatrica Scandinavica
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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